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Meaning of HOTBED

Pronunciation:  'hât`bed

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants
  2. [n]  a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad); "it was a hotbed of vice"

HOTBED is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: bed, situation, state of affairs



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hot"bed`\, n.
1. (Gardening) A bed of earth heated by fermenting manure or
   other substances, and covered with glass, intended for
   raising early plants, or for nourishing exotics.

2. A place which favors rapid growth or development; as, a
   hotbed of sedition.

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