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[green-hous] /ˈgrinˌhaʊs/
noun, plural greenhouses
[green-hou-ziz] /ˈgrinˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building, room, or area, usually chiefly of glass, in which the temperature is maintained within a desired range, used for cultivating tender plants or growing plants out of season.
Origin of greenhouse
1655-65; green + house Unabridged
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  • Then the grilled chicken interfered with his power of thinking, and the greenhouse quite passed away.

    The Weathercock George Manville Fenn
  • Do you think that if I built a greenhouse you could take care of it?

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • Hale was confined for the night of September 21st in the greenhouse of the garden of Howe's head-quarters.

  • Soon they breathed the peculiar, tropical dampness that fills every greenhouse.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • Into the greenhouse we did not enter, because it was too late to see the flowers.

    Allan and the Holy Flower H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for greenhouse


a building with transparent walls and roof, usually of glass, for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions
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Word Origin and History for greenhouse

1660s, from green + house (n.). Greenhouse effect attested from 1937.

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