ETYM French alcôve, Spanish or Portu. alcoba, from Arabic al-quobbah arch, vault, tent.
A small recess opening off a larger room; SYN. bay.
niche / nɪtʃ /
Množina reči niche je niches.
ETYM French, from Italian nicchia, prop., a shell-like recess in a wall, from nicchio a shellfish, mussel, from Latin mytilus.
In ecology, the “place” occupied by a species in its habitat, including all chemical, physical, and biological components, such as what it eats, the time of day at which the species feeds, temperature, moisture, the parts of the habitat that it uses (for example, trees or open grassland), the way it reproduces, and how it behaves.
It is believed that no two species can occupy exactly the same niche, because they would be in direct competition for the same resources at every stage of their life cycle.
1. A position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it.
2. (Ecology) The status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species).