• WordNet 3.6
    • n hothouse a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hothouse A bagnio, or bathing house.
    • Hothouse A brothel; a bagnio.
    • Hothouse (Pottery) A heated room for drying green ware.
    • Hothouse A house kept warm to shelter tender plants and shrubs from the cold air; a place in which the plants of warmer climates may be reared, and fruits ripened.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hothouse A house in which to sweat and cup the body; a bath-house.
    • n hothouse A brothel.
    • n hothouse A structure kept artificially heated for the growth of tender exotic plants, or subtropical plants, or for the production of native fruits, flowers, etc., out of season. In degree of temperature, strictly, the hothouse stands between the greenhouse and the stove or orchid-house.
    • n hothouse In manufacturing, any heated chamber or building; a drying-room; specifically, the warmest drying-room in which green pottery is dried before going to the kiln.
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In literature:

Despite her town breeding, this was no hothouse plant, this daughter of a horse-racing, whisky-drinking, card-playing gentry.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Saul Chadron had hothouses in which even oranges and pineapples grew.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
The earth seems clothed in a garment of clouds, and the air is positively reeking with damp warmth, like the air of a hothouse.
"Eighth Reader" by James Baldwin
Of course this effect must be secured by succursal hothouses, not always open to visitors.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
The gardener was pleased with my work and gave me a hothouse plant to put in competition.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner" by Alexander Irvine
Our puny little hothouse specimens are not more delicate or sensitive to the human touch than is this Ceylon mimosa.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
The hothouses were not simply bath houses of the modern Turkish type, but were restaurants as well.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
Nobody has a hothouse in Poketown.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
Generally found in hothouses.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
Those hothouse flowers and ferns were the signs of wealth, David's wealth.
"Clover and Blue Grass" by Eliza Calvert Hall

In poetry:

Just for a day slip off the tether
Of hothouse wants, and dare to be
A child of Nature, strong and simple,
Out in the woods with me.
"A Taunt" by Maurice Thompson
Prim, pink-breasted, feminine, she nurses
Chocolate fancies in rose-papered rooms
Where polished higboys whisper creaking curses
And hothouse roses shed immortal blooms.
"Female Author" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

And Esther McCoy, in the collection of her writings just published by East of Borneo Books, knows how to invigorate art-for-art's-sake hothouse subjects with a cooling blast of analytical precision.
The late Peter Braestrup, author of The Big Story, in a moment of candor told me how tough the New York "hothouse literary atmosphere" can be.
This longtime downtown hothouse can transform anyone's locks from lackluster to celebrity status 2127 First Ave, 728-1234,
Pink Banana reheats Pinter's 'The Hothouse'.
As History and Artifice Mate in a Hothouse.
NYU's Studio 20 Creates Innovative, Collaborative Hothouse.
Pink Banana reheats Pinter's 'The Hothouse '.
As History and Artifice Mate in a Hothouse .
NYU's Studio 20 Creates Innovative, Collaborative Hothouse .
The Hothouse a play by Harold Pinter, directed by Karen Kohlhaas.
That is how Irving Kristol describes his ideological odyssey, one that took him from the left-wing hothouse of City College of New York in the late 1930's to the center of the Reagan revolution four decades later.
Pink Banana reheats Pinter 's 'The Hothouse'.
Oliver Stone's low-budget, hopped-up film noir, U-Turn, is being billed as a change of pace for the Conspiracy Dude, but actually it looks quite at home in the maestro's hothouse.
Enlarge Emily Zoladz Chrissy Maziarz, 23, of Grand Rapids holds a yoga position in a Funky Buddha Power Vinyasa class Monday at The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse in Eastown.
2 large ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and cut into pieces 1 large English (hothouse) cucumber , cut into pieces 1.5 to 2 cups low sodium chicken broth depending on how thick you want it to be 5 Tablespoons of fresh tomato or tomatillo salsa.