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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.
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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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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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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"
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Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
hotbed[ˈhɒtbed] N (fig) → semillero m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
hotbed[ˈhɒtbɛd] n → foyer 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 n → chocolat m chaud
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
hotbed[ˈhɒtˌbɛd] n (fig) → focolaio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995