July 14, 2016
- habitat (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : the place or type of place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives or grows
- How do you use it?
- "He found himself in a partly new flora, to which she was the guide, pointing out to him all the varieties of the oaks … teaching him the names, habits, and habitats of unending series of wild flowers, shrubs, and ferns." (Jack London, _Burning Daylight_)
- Are you a word wiz?
A habitat is the place where a plant or animal comes from. Where do you think the word "habitat" itself comes from?"Habitat" is one of the many English words to have its beginnings in Latin. In that language, "habitat" means "it inhabits," or "it lives in." The word comes from the simpler Latin verb "habitare," meaning simply "inhabit." "Habitare" is the root behind not only "habitat" but "inhabit" and "habitation" as well. It's also the root of the rather unusual word (unless you're a sailor!) "binnacle," which is a term for the case where a ship's compass is kept.