hothouse

[ hot-hous ]
/ ˈhɒtˌhaʊs /

noun, plural hot·hous·es [hot-hou-ziz] /ˈhɒtˌhaʊ zɪz/.

an artificially heated greenhouse for the cultivation of tender plants.

adjective

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.

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Origin of hothouse

First recorded in 1505–15; hot + house
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British Dictionary definitions for hothouse

hothouse
/ (ˈhɒtˌhaʊs) /

noun

  1. a greenhouse in which the temperature is maintained at a fixed level above that of the surroundings
  2. (as modifier)a hothouse plant
  1. an environment that encourages rapid development
  2. (as modifier)a hot-house atmosphere
an environment where there is great pressureshowjumping is a tough, hothouse world
(modifier) informal, often censorious sensitive or delicatea hothouse temperament
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