Definitions for hotbedˈhɒtˌbɛd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a boxlike glass structure covering a bed of earth that is heated by electric cables or fermenting manure, for growing plants out of season.
a place or environment favoring rapid growth or spread, esp. of something unwanted.
Origin of hotbed:
a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad)
"it was a hotbed of vice"
a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants
a low bed of earth covered with glass, and heated with rotting manure; used for the germination of seeds and the growth of tender plants. A hotbed works as a miniature hothouse, i.e. greenhouse.
an environment that is ideal for the growth or development of something, especially of something undesirable
Origin: From hot + bed.
a bed of earth heated by fermenting manure or other substances, and covered with glass, intended for raising early plants, or for nourishing exotics
a place which favors rapid growth or development; as, a hotbed of sedition
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