Your habitat is the environment you are accustomed to living in. Zoos usually try to mimic the habitats of the animals they keep, housing bats in a nocturnal house and monkeys in a cage with trees to climb and swing from.

The origins of habitat aren't exactly what you would expect. The word goes back to the Latin habitare meaning "to live or dwell," which itself goes back to habere meaning "to have or own." It seems logical that if you own a place, it is your home. Habitat is usually used with animals and plants that live in and are adapted to a specific environment. In nature, orchids and banana plants live in a warm, humid habitat.

Definitions of habitat

n the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs

“a marine habitat
home ground
the native habitat or home of an animal or plant
aerie, aery, eyrie, eyry
any habitation at a high altitude
den, lair
the habitation of wild animals
Type of:
environment, environs, surround, surroundings
the area in which something exists or lives

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