habitat noun

ADJ. native, natural her observations of wild chimps in their natural habitat | important | endangered, fragile, threatened Peat bogs are one of Europe's most threatened habitats. | coastal, forest, wetland, wildlife, woodland

VERB + HABITAT provide The forest provides a habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals. | conserve, protect new measures to protect wildlife habitats | damage, destroy, disrupt Development is destroying the animal's native habitat.

HABITAT + VERB support sth The many different habitats support a wide variety of birds.

HABITAT + NOUN destruction, loss Many species are threatened in the wild due to habitat destruction by man.

PREP. in a/the ~ the animals and plants in this woodland habitat | ~ for The moorland is an important habitat for many rare bird species.

PHRASES loss of habitat The greatest danger to tigers now is through loss of habitat.