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1. An environment conducive to vigorous growth or development, especially of something undesirable: a hotbed of intrigue.
2. A bed of soil that is covered with glass, fiberglass, or plastic, is heated with fermenting manure or by electricity, and is used for germinating seeds or protecting tender plants.
1. (Botany) a glass-covered bed of soil, usually heated by fermenting material, used for propagating plants, forcing early vegetables, etc
2. a place offering ideal conditions for the growth of an idea, activity, etc, esp one considered bad: a hotbed of insurrection.
1. a boxlike glass structure covering a bed of earth that is heated by electric cables or fermenting manure, for growing plants out of season.
2. a place or environment favoring rapid growth or spread, esp. of something unwanted.
A heated bed of soil used for early planting of vegetables. Heating was usually from buried decaying animal waste.
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|Noun||1.||hotbed - a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad); "it was a hotbed of vice"|
situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
|2.||hotbed - a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants|
bed - a plot of ground in which plants are growing; "the gardener planted a bed of roses"