habitat

Definitions

  • THE BULLFROG IN ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS See Snake, Turtle and Dragonfly and notice the tongue of the frog. Habitat Group in Museum of Natural History
    THE BULLFROG IN ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS See Snake, Turtle and Dragonfly and notice the tongue of the frog. Habitat Group in Museum of Natural History
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n habitat the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs "a marine habitat","he felt safe on his home grounds"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf coast of U. S. and southward. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf...
DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range: North and South America. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range:...
ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chameleon has several cell layers beneath its transparent skin. These layers are the source of the chameleon's color change. Some of the layers contain pigments, while others just reflect light to create new colors. Several factors contribute to the color change. A popular misconception is that chameleons change color to match their environment. This isn't true. Light, temperature, and emotional state commonly bring about a chameleon's change in color. The chameleon will most often change between green, brown and gray, which coincidently, often matches the background colors of their habitat.
    • Habitat Place where anything is commonly found. "This word has its habitat in Oxfordshire."
    • Habitat (Biol) The natural abode, locality or region of an animal or plant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n habitat It lives or dwells: a Latin word beginning (in New Latin) that part of the description of an animal or a plant which mentions its locality: as, habitat in America septentrionali (it lives or grows in North America). Such statements are usually abbreviated, as Hab. Am. Sept.
    • n habitat n. In natural history, the area or region where an animal or a plant naturally lives or grows; by extension, place of abode in general; habitation. The complete habitat of a species is its geographical range. Applied, as it commonly is, to an individual or a specimen, it is generally distinguished in botany from the station, which refers to the physical conditions surrounding the plant, such as soil, exposure, and elevation. See station.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Habitat the natural abode or locality of an animal or plant: place of abode generally
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., it dwells, fr. habitare,. See Habit (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. habitabilishabitāre, -ātum, to inhabit, freq. of habēre, to have.

Usage

In literature:

However the habitat specified by Heintzelman does not support Barrett's surmise.
"The Aboriginal Population of the North Coast of California" by Sherburne Friend Cook
Alcorn, like Rand (1945:43), found the mouse in almost every habitat along the Alaska Highway.
"Mammals taken Along the Alaska Highway" by Rollin H. Baker
Because it's your natural habitat.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
The habitat is humid lower montane forest where the amount of rainfall is high.
"Descriptions of New Hylid Frogs From Mexico and Central America" by William E. Duellman
Their nymphs and adults are rapid feeders and chiefly infest the habitat of their hosts.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
As a whole the assemblage seems to be indicative of a humid, poorly drained forest habitat.
"The Forest Habitat of the University of Kansas Natural History Reservation" by Henry S. Fitch
Resident, probably throughout state, in suitable habitat.
"Check-list of the Birds of Kansas" by Harrison B Tordoff
Here a long, narrow, clear pool was the habitat, with average depth of 17 inches, and bottom of bedrock.
"Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas" by Artie L. Metcalf
If Jimmy Carter had been there with Habitat for Humanity, we would have gotten no end of good press.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
The removal of a wild plant from its natural habitat to an entirely artificial one.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
But the principal security of the ostrich lies in its splendid power of vision, combined with its peculiar habitat.
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
Its habitats are the banks of rivers and streams, and in Osier-beds.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step
The fish were taken from many kinds of habitat in a three-mile section of the river.
"Fish Populations, Following a Drought, in the Neosho and Marais des Cygnes Rivers of Kansas" by James Everett Deacon
The form, color, and habitat of mushrooms make them equally easy to recognize.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
Otherwise, habitats recorded indicate a preference for small, fast-flowing streams, especially in wooded valleys.
"Some Reptiles and Amphibians from Korea" by Robert G Webb
In her native habitat!
"Four and Twenty Beds" by Nancy Vogel
Its habitat is the dense copse or thicket.
"Memoirs of Orange Jacobs" by Orange Jacobs
One marvelled at the population of this habitat of the dead, sprawling on the side of a hill.
"The Red Debt" by Everett MacDonald
The voles returned to the grass and clover habitat in March and April in 1946.
"Natural History of the Prairie Vole (Mammalian Genus Microtus)" by E. W. Jameson
This ubiquitous gentleman has a wide range for his habitat.
"Cruisings in the Cascades" by George O. Shields
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In poetry:

Drew them all the way they lived
In their habitats.
(Lucy Bakewell Audubon
Sometimes wondered “Cats?”)
"John James Audobon" by Stephen Vincent Benet
city-planners are mistaken: a pen
for a rational animal
is no fitting habitat for Adam's
sovereign clone. I, a transplant
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden
damp sheets in Dorset, fog-hung
habitat of bronchitis, of long
hot soaks in the bathtub, of nothing
quite drying out till next summer:
delicious to think of
"On The Disadvantages Of Central Heating" by Amy Clampitt
He's infinite, and all of that,
The setting sun his habitat,
The heavens they hold by his fiat,
The glorious year that God begat;
And what is creeping man to that,
O preacher, valiant democrat?
"Noonday Grace" by John Crowe Ransom
For oaks are spindling too, and bent,
And only strong by accident;
And if there is a single tree
Of half the size it ought to be,
It need not give him thanks for that,
He did not plan its habitat.
"Geometry" by John Crowe Ransom
He brought a lot of backers, too with money all galore,
Who covered all Coyote's bets and was for gambling more.
They said a horse that claimed this zone for his sunny habitat
Was incapable of bucking off a regular man like that.
"That Bucking Bronk, Coyote" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

The Illacme plenipes also has claws for climbing the requisite sandstone boulders in its native habitat and can spin silk.
Five years later, Fish and Wildlife designated the entire Middle Rio Grande as critical habitat, required for the minnow 's recovery.
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is offering amateur shutterbugs a great opportunity to capture images of live mollusks in their natural habitats during the museum's Second Annual Live Mollusk Photography Competition.
A 3-year-old Hawaiian monk seal abandoned by its mother as a newborn on Kauai is now taking up permanent residence at the Waikiki Aquarium's Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat.
Federal officials say a wildlife refuge in central New York will be expanded to add habitat for migrating birds.
After several years of planning, the former Shiras Pool at Presque Isle is expected to soon begin its transformation into a wildlife habitat.
AISD contractors mowed down Martin Middle School's wildlife habitat.
But when politicians use them as substitutes for protecting habitat, it can be disastrous.
New forest preserve boasts rare habitat.
One Key Club took a Habitat project to a whole new level.
Historically, those teams crafted social entrepreneurship plans to be implemented by existing NGOs like Habitat for Humanity, Solaraid and One Laptop Per Child.
Researchers at Michigan State University found that instead of the theory that tigers are being pushed out of their habitat, they are learning to co-exist by becoming nocturnal.
In 1955 the US Bureau of Reclamation built the Nimbus Fish Hatchery at Gold River to mitigate the loss of spawning habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead trout caused by construction of the Nimbus Dam.
How many northern pike are required to populate an entire habitat.
Officials believe they drowned in their swampland habitat and then were pushed up on the beach by storm surge.
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In science:

Loop constraints: A habitat and their algebra.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
Our methods will be useful only for the segregation patterns in which the two classes more or less share the same support (habitat), and members of one class have a tendency to repel members of the other class.
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
It is also conceivable to have either of these patterns without any interaction between the point processes; for example, consider the case where species happen to have the same or different fine-scale habitat preferences.
Directional Clustering Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
The main advantage of ESM is its ability to preserve the ecological validity of the measurements, defined by Hormuth as: “the occurrence and distribution of stimulus variables in the natural or customary habitat of an individual”.
A Refined Experience Sampling Method to Capture Mobile User Experience
These data contain informations on the structural habitat of grahami and opalinus lizards.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
The sharing of agents between habitats ensures the system is scalable, while maintaining a high evolutionary specialisation for each user.
Self-Organisation of Evolving Agent Populations in Digital Ecosystems
Based on the island-models of distributed evolutionary computing (Lin et al., 1994), each connection between the habitats is bi-directional and there is a probability associated with moving in either direction across the connection, with the connection probabilities affecting the rate of migration of the agents.
Self-Organisation of Evolving Agent Populations in Digital Ecosystems
The self-organised diversity of an evolving agent population comes from the agentsequences it evolves, in response to the selection pressure, seeded with agents and agent-sequences from the agent-pool of the habitat in which it is instantiated.
Self-Organisation of Evolving Agent Populations in Digital Ecosystems
Most notably, Lewandowski and Marolf have noted that one can define another “habitat” where Thiemann’s Hamiltonian is well defined.
An overview of canonical quantum gravity
Weinberger, On spreading speeds and traveling waves for growth and migration models in a periodic habitat, J.
Existence and nonexistence of traveling waves for a nonlocal monostable equation
Given the wide range of SGRB progenitors, of their offsets and therefore of the diverse habitat of the explosion, we try here to discuss possible constraints on the nature of the SGRB formation channels from afterglow observations.
On the offset of Short Gamma-ray Bursts
Autonomous rovers, unmanned spacecraft, and remote space habitats must all make intelligent decisions with little or no human guidance.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration
Therefore, the predator will be attracted towards that habitat where prey are less in number.
Switching model with two habitats and a predator involving group defence
We have considered a system having a predator species interacting with same prey species in two habitats.
Switching model with two habitats and a predator involving group defence
Prey is able to migrate among two dif ferent habitats at some cost to the population in the sense that the probability of survival during a change of habitat may be less than one.
Switching model with two habitats and a predator involving group defence
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