Definition of hothouse effect in English:

hothouse effect

noun

  • 1A heating or forcing effect like that in a hothouse.

  • 2Meteorology Ecology
    = "greenhouse effect".

  • 3Figurative and in extended use; especially an effect of making something grow rapidly or become extreme.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From hothouse + effect.

Pronunciation

hothouse effect

/ˈhɒthaʊs ɪˌfɛkt/