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Meaning of hothouse

hot•house

Pronunciation: (hot'hous"), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -hous•es
—n.
  1. an artificially heated greenhouse for the cultivation of tender plants.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or noting a plant grown in a hothouse, or so fragile as to be capable of being grown only in a hothouse.
  2. overprotected, artificial, or unnaturally delicate.
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