noun, plural hothouses
[hot-hou-ziz] /ˈhɒtˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
an artificially heated greenhouse for the cultivation of tender plants.
of, relating to, or noting a plant grown in a hothouse, or so fragile as to be capable of being grown only in a hothouse.
overprotected, artificial, or unnaturally delicate.
an environment where there is great pressure: showjumping is a tough, hothouse world
(modifier) (informal, often censorious) sensitive or delicate: a hothouse temperament
mid-15c., “bath house,” from hot + house (n.). In 17c. a euphemism for “brothel” (cf. massage parlor); the meaning “glass-roofed structure for raising plants” is from 1749. Figurative use by 1802.
noun 1. a lamb born in the fall or early winter, usually reared indoors, specially fed, and marketed when from 9 to 16 weeks of age.
[hoh-tyen] /ˈhoʊˈtyɛn/ noun 1. Wade-Giles. . /ˈhəʊˈtjɛn/ noun 1. a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for Hotan
- Hot iron
noun phrase hot rod (1950s+ Hot rodders)
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