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cold frame

a bottomless, boxlike structure, usually covered with glass or transparent plastic, and the bed of earth that it covers, used to protect plants.
Origin of cold frame
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Such seedlings may then be carried forward in hot bed or cold frame.

    The Tomato Paul Work
  • When established remove them to a cold frame and harden off.

  • In winter keep them in a cold frame, and as dry as possible.

  • When planted in pots and placed in a cold frame they show to most advantage.

  • Place the seedlings in a cold frame and let them have plenty of air.

  • After planting, the pots may be watered and placed in a cold frame, plunged in cocoa fibre or ashes.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • The cold frame was full of thrifty seedlings—Primroses, Iceland poppies, and other beauties.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • If one can command a cold frame still earlier sowing of transplantable annuals is desirable.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • All too often, outdoor seed bed plants are set where cold frame or at least cloth cover should be employed.

    The Tomato Paul Work
  • Further north, cold frame plants or second run or other inferior plants are used instead of the best.

    The Tomato Paul Work
British Dictionary definitions for cold frame

cold frame

an unheated wooden frame with a glass top, used to protect young plants from the cold
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