Origin of aloe
Examples from the Web for aloe
Amenities are plentiful—from sun block to aloe for the sun, or the complimentary mini bar for your enjoyment.Gal With a Suitcase
February 20, 2011
Now the aloe, you know, is of a cumbersome height for a supper ornament.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
It had no gate but a gap in the fence, and no fence but a hedge of the prickly pear and the aloe.The Scapegoat
You know what happens to the aloe, sir, when it has flowered?Fraternity
The American aloe, from which cordage is made; similar to the piña of Manila.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Near the top were laid sandal, aloe, and other kinds of fragrant wood.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms
- any plant of the liliaceous genus Aloe, chiefly native to southern Africa, with fleshy spiny-toothed leaves and red or yellow flowers
- American aloe another name for century plant
Word Origin and History for aloe
Old English alewe "fragrant resin of an East Indian tree," a Biblical usage, from Latin aloe, from Greek aloe, translating Hebrew ahalim (plural, perhaps ultimately from a Dravidian language).
The Greek word probably was chosen for resemblance of sound to the Hebrew, because the Greek and Latin words referred originally to a genus of plants with spiky flowers and bitter juice, used as a purgative drug, a sense which appeared in English late 14c. The word was then misapplied to the American agave plant in 1680s. The "true aloe" consequently is called aloe vera.
- Any of various chiefly African plants of the genus Aloe, having rosettes of succulent, often spiny-margined leaves and long stalks bearing yellow, orange, or red tubular flowers.
- Aloe vera.
- Any of various laxative drugs obtained from the processed juice of a certain species of aloe.