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cold frame

a bottomless, boxlike structure, usually covered with glass or transparent plastic, and the bed of earth that it covers, used to protect plants.
Origin of cold frame
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The roots may be brought into the greenhouse, pit, cold frame, or cellar during the winter and forced.

  • When established remove them to a cold frame and harden off.

  • All too often, outdoor seed bed plants are set where cold frame or at least cloth cover should be employed.

    The Tomato Paul Work
  • In winter keep them in a cold frame, and as dry as possible.

  • It will thrive in a cold frame, and requires protection from excessive wet only, rather than from cold.

  • After planting, the pots may be watered and placed in a cold frame, plunged in cocoa fibre or ashes.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • When forward enough, prick out in a bed of light rich soil in a cold frame, and give plenty of air.

  • The cold frame was full of thrifty seedlings—Primroses, Iceland poppies, and other beauties.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • They must be kept during the summer months in a shady place, and have a cool bottom to stand on; a cold frame is the best.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • If one can command a cold frame still earlier sowing of transplantable annuals is desirable.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for cold frame

cold frame

an unheated wooden frame with a glass top, used to protect young plants from the cold
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