Hothouse Hot"house`, n. 1. A house kept warm to shelter tender plants and shrubs from the cold air; a place in which the plants of warmer climates may be reared, and fruits ripened. [1913 Webster]

2. A bagnio, or bathing house. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A brothel; a bagnio. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Pottery) A heated room for drying green ware. [1913 Webster]

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