"area or region where a plant or animal naturally grows or lives," 1762, originally 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.)). This was the Modern Latin word that began the part of the scientific description of a plant or animal species that told its locality. General sense of "dwelling place" is first attested 1854.
1. In its natural habitat, the hibiscus will grow up to 25ft.
2. Few countries have as rich a diversity of habitat as South Africa.
3. The panda's natural habitat is the bamboo forest.
4. This creature's natural habitat is the jungle.
5. To save remaining herds and habitat, the national parks department is planning to cull 2000 elephants.