1. Glowing hot; very hot.
2. Heated, as with excitement, anger, or enthusiasm: a red-hot speech.
3. Very recent; new: red-hot information.
1. See hot dog.
2. A small, usually round red candy strongly flavored with cinnamon.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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