hothouse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

hot +‎ house

Noun[edit]

hothouse (plural hothouses)

  1. A heated greenhouse.
  2. (figuratively) An environment in which growth or development is encouraged; a hotbed.
  3. (obsolete) A bagnio, or bathing house; a brothel.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
  4. A heated room for drying greenware.

Verb[edit]

hothouse (third-person singular simple present hothouses, present participle hothousing, simple past and past participle hothoused)

  1. (of a child) To provide with an enriched environment with the aim of stimulating academic development.