Pronunciation: (hot'hous"), [key]
—n., pl. -hous•esPronunciation: (-hou"ziz), [key]
an artificially heated greenhouse for the cultivation of tender plants.
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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