Part of speech: noun

A bed of rich earth, covered with glass, for tender plants.

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Usage examples "hotbed":

  1. Yes, it was almost visible what good it did in the hotbed. - "Invisible Links", Selma Lagerlof.
  2. The army is a perfect hotbed of conspiracies and secret societies, some of which are in favor of the restoration of the republic, while others advocate the restoration of the Bourbons. - "Andreas Hofer", Lousia Muhlbach.
  3. England, indeed, was a hotbed of Christian enthusiasts awaiting the Jewish Millennium, the downfall of the Pope and Anti- Christ, and Jews and Christians caught mutual fire. - "Dreamers of the Ghetto", I. Zangwill.