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hot·bed

 (hŏt′bĕd′)
n.
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.
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hotbed

(ˈhɒtˌbɛd)
n
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.
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hot•bed

(ˈhɒtˌbɛd)

n.
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.
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Hotbed

A heated bed of soil used for early planting of vegetables. Heating was usually from buried decaying animal waste.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
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hotbed

noun breeding ground, nest, den a hotbed of racial intolerance
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Translations

hotbed

[ˈhɒtbed] N (fig) → semillero m
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hotbed

[ˈhɒtbɛd] nfoyer m
a hotbed of sth → un foyer de qch
the university is a hotbed of political activity → l'université est un foyer d'activité politiquehot-blooded [ˌhɒtˈblʌdɪd] adj (= passionate) → passionné(e)hot chocolate nchocolat m chaud
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hotbed

[ˈhɒtˌbɛd] n (fig) → focolaio
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References in classic literature ?
He had therefore, with great care and patience, and by dint of strenuous exertions, laid out near his house at Dort a garden fit for the culture of his cherished flower; he had mixed the soil according to the most approved prescriptions, and given to his hotbeds just as much heat and fresh air as the strictest rules of horticulture exact.
The only course that seemed to him in any way satisfactory in this his hour of rejuvenation was to visit the bee farm, the hotbed of crime, and keep an eye on it.
A dismal swamp, on which the half-built houses rot away: cleared here and there for the space of a few yards; and teeming, then, with rank unwholesome vegetation, in whose baleful shade the wretched wanderers who are tempted hither, droop, and die, and lay their bones; the hateful Mississippi circling and eddying before it, and turning off upon its southern course a slimy monster hideous to behold; a hotbed of disease, an ugly sepulchre, a grave uncheered by any gleam of promise: a place without one single quality, in earth or air or water, to commend it: such is this dismal Cairo.
Even then I realized the possibilities of my suburb, that hotbed of revolution in which heroes, inventors, and practical men of science, rogues and scoundrels, virtues and vices, were all packed together by poverty, stifled by necessity, drowned in drink, and consumed by ardent spirits.
Tokyo, SANA- Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed the need to eliminate the remaining terrorist hotbeds in Syria , work for the return of the displaced people and revive the economy in the country.
Mehdi Jomaa was speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by the party on "the national security situation and handling the issue of returnees from hotbeds of tension: the example of Syria".
Pope Francis on Sunday strongly condemned the attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, calling for the stamping out of "hotbeds of hate" and for stronger moral and civil values.
BRITAIN'S under-resourced jails have been turned into "hotbeds of crime and violence", campaigners say.
PRISON overcrowding and staff cuts have turned jails into "hotbeds of violence and self-injury" a top campaigner has said.
Robredo said that Christian Frivaldo, the acting regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Bicol region, had said himself that 'we are not on the list of hotbeds of shabu.
Moreover, security forces destroyed 378 terrorist hotbeds, weapons and ammunition stores in Sinai.