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hothouse (plural hothouses)

  1. A heated greenhouse.
  2. (figuratively) An environment in which growth or development is encouraged; a hotbed.
    • 1989, H. T. Willetts (translator), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (author), August 1914, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 0-374-51999-4, page 163:
      This had given him the strength to leave cadet school at seventeen and volunteer for active service, reach the rank of second lieutenant no later than his hothouse-bred contemporaries, begin his military studies in the General Staff Academy itself, and, still only twenty-five, graduate not only with top marks but with promotion out of turn for special excellence in military science.
  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.



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.