hotbed

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noun hot·bed \ˈhät-ˌbed\

Definition of hotbed

  1. 1 :  a bed of soil enclosed in glass, heated especially by fermenting manure, and used for forcing or for raising seedlings

  2. 2 :  an environment that favors rapid growth or development <a hotbed of activity>

Examples of hotbed in a sentence

  1. a hotbed of political unrest

  2. <prerevolutionary Boston was viewed as a hotbed of treason by the British>

1626

First Known Use of hotbed

1626


HOTBED Defined for English Language Learners

hotbed

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noun hot·bed \ˈhät-ˌbed\

Definition of hotbed for English Language Learners

  • : a place where something grows or develops easily : a place where something happens very commonly



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