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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
habitat destruction (=of the natural homes of plants and animals)
▪ Habitat destruction has reduced elephant herds in central Africa.
wildlife habitats
▪ the destruction of wildlife habitats
▪ Whereas the endangered species listing is determined solely upon scientific data, economics play a role in deciding critical habitat.
▪ When critical habitat is designated, it does not mean federal agents in unmarked helicopters start circling private property.
▪ Basically, if there are no pygmy owls present, a private landowner can turn his critical habitat into a parking lot.
▪ If the project were determined not to damage critical habitat, then the Corps could move forward.
▪ At the core of the issue is the determination of critical habitat.
▪ The Southwest Center folks want to see the jaguar listed and critical habitat designated for the salamander and owl.
▪ The designation of critical habitat lays at the heart of this battle.
▪ He argues there are only two exemptions in the Endangered Species Act for not determining critical habitat.
▪ Meadows and woodlands are better looked after, but that still leaves many different habitats that do not have sufficient protection.
▪ Beetle larvae and adults usually occupy different habitats and rely on different food supplies.
▪ The mild climate and the many different habitats support a wide variety of birds and flowers, butterflies and moths.
▪ The richest centres have the most complicated mosaics of different habitat types reflected in topography, soils and vegetation.
▪ The open sea is also an important habitat.
▪ Her group, Keeping Track, is dedicated to identifying, monitoring, and educating on important wildlife habitat and travel corridors.
▪ Since then the area has become overgrown with reeds and provides an important habitat for bird life.
▪ The grazing marshes adjacent to the river are an important wildlife habitat.
▪ Wet gravel pits are generally recognised as important habitats for wildlife, particularly in view of the increasing drainage of wetlands.
▪ The most important breeding habitat is lakes or ponds with good marginal vegetation.
▪ Temperatures of up to 84° tolerated in its native habitat, without showing any ill effect.
▪ It is alleged, however, that R. rostrata is rare even in its native habitat.
▪ Plantations of exotic non-native trees use up large quantities of water, which can have adverse affects on natural habitats.
▪ To determine our mating system we need to know our natural habitat and our past.
▪ Today, hunting is no longer allowed and tourists visit these national parks to view and photograph the wildlife in their natural habitats.
▪ His natural habitat is the graph, his occupation the computer simulation.
▪ Their natural habitat is the Amazonian jungle with a high temperature and humidity.
▪ Some, however, are believed to be original natural habitats.
▪ It will create new natural habitats in reedbeds, grasslands, swamp, saltmarsh, water and woodlands.
▪ Day-to-day survival adds perhaps less to overall future genetic investment than does populating a new habitat.
▪ The projects focus on maintaining and protecting the species' habitats, and in some cases establishing them in new habitats.
▪ The family of dinosaurs, faced with this vast new range of habitats, rose to greatness by exploiting it.
▪ I know the portents of my new habitat, I have been learning my local lore.
▪ The trout settled into their new habitat and became relatively wild, dour and more discriminating, some growing to considerable size.
▪ Malayan barn owls are adapting quickly to this rich habitat and are reproducing much faster than elsewhere.
▪ There are both native woodland and conifer plantations which gives a rich mosaic of habitats for wildlife.
▪ It will destroy sites with a wide variety of habitats.
▪ It boasts a wide range of habitats supporting an impressive variety of plants, birds and butterflies.
▪ The leopard's spots provided excellent camouflage in the wide range of habitats in which it successfully lived.
▪ They divide up their waters quite amicably, and each occupies a wide range of habitats, from ponds to estuaries.
▪ A wide range of habitats and resources was thus available within one or two hours' walk.
▪ Many species are threatened in the wild due to habitat destruction by man and probably over-hunting.
▪ The mountain Gorilla, a uniquely social animal, is threatened by habitat destruction and poaching.
▪ With few bears and wolves about these days, elk rule their forest habitat.
▪ Scientists suggested that the disappearance of the panda's traditional bamboo forest habitat had forced the herbivore to turn meat-eater.
▪ The long-term implications of these habitat losses for individual species, if the present trends continue, are likely to be disastrous.
▪ Hunting and habitat loss are the most likely reasons.
▪ At a recent meeting between the two bodies they agreed that countering habitat loss is a high priority.
▪ It provided grazing land, timber, fruits and fuel, while remaining an undamaged wildlife habitat.
▪ Her group, Keeping Track, is dedicated to identifying, monitoring, and educating on important wildlife habitat and travel corridors.
▪ This project will estimate the benefits and costs of wildlife habitats and compare the results using different valuation techniques.
▪ It also aims to preserve wildlife habitat and agricultural land.
▪ The grazing marshes adjacent to the river are an important wildlife habitat.
▪ The city left the natural wash intact, and the area now serves as both flood control and urban wildlife habitat.
▪ Finally, humans create habitats of a kind that may well occur in nature, but not commonly.
▪ It will create new natural habitats in reedbeds, grasslands, swamp, saltmarsh, water and woodlands.
▪ By spreading woodchips over the ground, gardeners then create the perfect habitat for fungi of all sorts.
▪ Some attacked the fact that faster growth has been environmentally unsound, creating excessive carbon emissions and destroying natural habitats.
▪ Winning fuel and materials pollutes, consumes energy, destroys habitat.
▪ The corncrake and marsh fritillary have been the victims of intensive agriculture as ploughing and pesticides destroy habitat and insects.
▪ These figures emphasise the importance of protecting these coastal habitats.
▪ The projects focus on maintaining and protecting the species' habitats, and in some cases establishing them in new habitats.
▪ We will continue to encourage this approach through schemes to protect landscape and habitats of special importance.
▪ They provide the habitat of a wide variety of species of wading birds.
▪ These provide suitable habitats for the amphibious species of Echinodorus.
▪ Since then the area has become overgrown with reeds and provides an important habitat for bird life.
▪ A single rock in a stream provides at least four habitats.
▪ Ancient habitats such as grasslands, bogs, and wetlands are rapidly disappearing.
▪ Further building development would threaten valuable badger and red squirrel habitats.
▪ Suburban gardens can provide habitats for many forms of wildlife.
▪ Any birdwatcher would just look in a range book, look at the description of habitat and start hiking.
▪ Make a resolution to spend more time in the coming year visiting inspiring wild habitats.
▪ Not only have tigers doubled in numbers, but other species and habitats have benefited.
▪ Our supply of iron is divided up among ten billion space habitats, each carrying one million residents.
▪ Some attacked the fact that faster growth has been environmentally unsound, creating excessive carbon emissions and destroying natural habitats.
▪ The school site is located in prime pygmy owl habitat.
▪ Unlike our previous habitats, it had personality.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Habitat \Hab"i*tat\ (h[a^]b"[i^]*t[a^]t), n. [L., it dwells, fr. habitare. See Habit, v. t.]

  1. (Biol.) The natural abode, locality or region of an animal or plant.

  2. Place where anything is commonly found.

    This word has its habitat in Oxfordshire.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1762, as a technical term in Latin texts on English flora and fauna, literally "it inhabits," third person singular present indicative of habitare "to live, dwell," frequentative of habere "to have, to hold, possess" (see habit (n.)). General sense of "dwelling place" is first attested 1854.


n. (context biology English) A specific place or natural conditions in which a plant or animal lives.


n. the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs; "a marine habitat"; "he felt safe on his home grounds" [syn: home ground]

Habitat (disambiguation)
  • Habitat ( ecology), a place where a species lives and grows
    • Human habitat, a place where humans live, work or play
    • Space habitat, a space station intended as a permanent settlement
    • Underwater habitat, a fixed underwater structure in which people can live for extended periods and carry out most of the basic human functions of a 24-hour day, such as working, resting, eating, attending to personal hygiene, and sleeping
  • Habitat, a Sitecore solution example built on a modular architecture.
  • Habitat, a trade name for a positive pressure enclosure used to provide a safe environment for those doing hot work on offshore oil platforms
  • Habitat, a Canadian alt pop band made up of duo John O'Regan and Sylvie Smith
  • Habitat (retailer), a chain of furniture stores
  • Habitat (magazine), an ongoing real-estate magazine founded in 1982
  • Habitat (video game), an online role-playing game
  • Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit organization devoted to building affordable housing
  • Habitat 67, a housing complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Habitat (film), a 1997 movie directed by Rene Daalder
  • UN-HABITAT, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, a United Nations agency
  • Habitat (horse), an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse
Habitat (video game)

Habitat is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by LucasArts. It is the first attempt at a large-scale commercial virtual community that was graphically based. The game was initially created in 1985 by Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar, and made available as a beta test in 1986 by Quantum Link, an online service for the Commodore 64 computer and the corporate progenitor to America Online. Both Farmer and Morningstar were given a "First Penguin Award" at the 2001 Game Developers Choice Awards for their innovative work on Habitat. As a " graphical MUD" it is considered a forerunner of modern MMORPGs it was quite unlike other online communities of the time (i.e. MUDs and massively multiplayer onlines with text-based interfaces). The Habitat had a GUI and large userbase of consumer-oriented users, and those elements in particular have made the Habitat a much-cited project and acknowledged benchmark for the design of today's online communities that incorporate accelerated 3D computer graphics and immersive elements into their environments.

Habitat (retailer)

Habitat Retail is a retailer of household furnishings in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and has franchised outlets in other countries. Founded in 1964 by Sir Terence Conran, it was sold by the IKANO Group, owned by the Kamprad family, in December 2009 to Hilco, a restructuring specialist. On 24 June 2011 all but three UK Habitat stores were put into administration in a deal to sell the indebted furniture chain, with the brand and the three London stores sold to Home Retail Group.

In April 2016, Home Retail Group agreed to a £1.4bn takeover by UK retailer Sainsbury's. The deal included the sale of brands Argos and Habitat.

Habitat (film)

Habitat is a 1997 science fiction film produced for the direct-to-video market and shown on the Sci Fi Channel. The film's message is largely one of ecological warning, mixed with science fiction elements of genetic engineering, family angst and redemption. It is the only theatrical movie filmed in Sony's early analog High Definition format. Sony donated the equipment and technical support in an attempt to popularize the format. The High Definition video was then transferred to film for release. The film won a Global Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography.

Habitat (magazine)

Habitat is an American real estate magazine founded in 1982 and aimed at co-op boards, condominium associations, and related professionals such as attorneys and managing agents. The print magazine concentrates on the greater New York City metropolitan area while its Web site contains features for general-interest co-op/condo directors, residents, and buyers/sellers.

Habitat (horse)

Habitat (1966–1987) was an American-bred British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from April until October 1969, the colt ran eight times and won five races. Unraced as a two-year-old, he proved to be the best European miler of 1969, winning the Lockinge Stakes and the Wills Mile in England and travelling to France to win the Prix Quincey and the Prix du Moulin. He was then retired to stud where he became an outstandingly successful sire of racehorses and broodmares.


A habitat is an ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species of animal, plant, or other type of organism. The term typically refers to the zone in which the organism lives and where it can find food, shelter, protection and mates for reproduction. It is the natural environment in which an organism lives, or the physical environment that surrounds a species population.

A habitat is made up of physical factors such as soil, moisture, range of temperature, and light intensity as well as biotic factors such as the availability of food and the presence or absence of predators. Every organism has certain habitat needs for the conditions in which it will thrive, but some are tolerant of wide variations while others are very specific in their requirements. A habitat is not necessarily a geographical area, it can be the interior of a stem, a rotten log, a rock or a clump of moss, and for a parasitic organism it is the body of its host, part of the host's body such as the digestive tract, or a single cell within the host's body.

Habitat types include polar, temperate, subtropical and tropical. The terrestrial vegetation type may be forest, steppe, grassland, semi-arid or desert. Fresh water habitats include marshes, streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and estuaries, and marine habitats include salt marshes, the coast, the intertidal zone, reefs, bays, the open sea, the sea bed, deep water and submarine vents.

Habitats change over time. This may be due to a violent event such as the eruption of a volcano, an earthquake, a tsunami, a wildfire or a change in oceanic currents; or the change may be more gradual over millennia with alterations in the climate, as ice sheets and glaciers advance and retreat, and as different weather patterns bring changes of precipitation and solar radiation. Other changes come as a direct result of human activities; deforestation, the ploughing of ancient grasslands, the diversion and damming of rivers, the draining of marshland and the dredging of the seabed. The introduction of alien species can have a devastating effect on native wildlife, through increased predation, through competition for resources or through the introduction of pests and diseases to which the native species have no immunity.

Usage examples of "habitat".

They knew there would be acceleration again, if the Movable Feast were not to plummet through the inside surface of the habitat and out into space.

This important plant holds the soils of riparian habitats and also creates fertile micro-climates, adapting its shape and behavior to the amount of moisture it can get and to the elevation in which it grows, which relates then to the temperature that it must endure.

It was not unusual for these meetings to be held by the lakeside, rather than in the great hall of the Shadowleague headquarters, because the Afanc, who was Chief Loremaster for all water-dwellers, could not leave his watery habitat.

Like a guard marching prisoners into a POW compound, Akers strode behind the four of them as they walked toward the habitat.

Lieutenant Akers saw you put one under that rover, and my guess was that you took the opportunity once you were inside the habitat to bury a few more.

Because they evolved rapidly, had worldwide distribution by virtue of their open-water habitats, and species are readily distinguished, ammonoids are index fossils for the Jurassic.

Like an Edenist habitat, nobody lived on the cavern floor itself, it was a communal park and arable farm.

It would be very difficult to obtain a strain of Ebola, but it would be easier to obtain strains of arenaviruses from rodents in their natural habitat.

Many are the indications that our autocthonous predecessors saw a very great deal of the intimate habits of the flora and the fauna and the avifauna, and spoke freely of them, and attributed in their legendary many of these habitsmuch of the particular form and colour, and even habitat, to the influences of supernatural beings and occurrences.

His comments on the habitats of certain avifauna were matters to which he had given wholehearted consideration.

Too much like that big-arena stuff Mobius Caduceus did up in the orbital habitat.

Neutrally Buoyant First Order Ubiquitous Climax Clade Gas-Giant Dwellers, to grant them a still more painfully precise specification - were large creatures of immense age who lived within the deliriously complex and topologically vast civilisation of great antiquity which was distributed throughout the cloud layers wrapping the enormous gas-giant planet, a habitat that was as stupendous in scale as it was changeable in aerography.

All Downer work crews, report to your section habitats at once and wait for someone to direct you.

If they are varelse, Ender, then let the buggers use up their habitat, and it will mean no more to you than the displacement of anthills or cattle herds to make way for cities.

I had to hang up, but half an hour later Yuri Glinkov, their director of operations, was on the line, promising me that his huge Energia boosters could do anything I wanted them to do, yes even get an orbital habitat into geosynchronous orbit.