- grown in a hothouse
- needing very careful treatment, as if grown in a hothouse; delicate
a building made mainly of glass, artificially heated for growing plants; greenhouse
- A heated greenhouse for plants that require an even, relatively warm temperature.
- An environment conducive to vigorous growth or development; a hotbed: “With its mix of African, Latin, European, and pan-American influences, the Caribbean is truly a musical hothouse” ( New Yorker )
- Grown in a hothouse: a hothouse orchid.
- Delicate and sensitive, as if from being grown in a hothouse.
transitive verbhot·housed, hot·hous·ing, hot·hous·es
To cultivate in a hothouse.
(third-person singular simple present hothouses, present participle hothousing, simple past and past participle hothoused)
- (of a child) To provide with an enriched environment with the aim of stimulating academic development.
- Bolstered by the lead single Closer to Fine - a duet with Ireland's Hothouse Flowers - the album peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Charts and received heavy radio and MTV play.
- The Cereuses include some of our most interesting and beautiful hothouse plants.
- The genus Adiantum is a large one containing many handsome species both tropical and temperate, well known in greenhouse and hothouse cultivation.
- Noble half-hardy bulbs, for planting near the front wall of a hothouse or greenhouse; the soil must be deep, rich and well drained.
- Sow seeds of greenhouse and hothouse plants; also the different sorts of tender annuals; pot off those sown last month; sow cineraria for the earliest bloom; also Chinese primulas.