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[al-oh] /ˈæl oʊ/
noun, plural aloes.
any chiefly African shrub belonging to the genus Aloe, of the lily family, certain species of which yield a fiber.
aloes, (used with a singular verb) agalloch.
Origin of aloe
before 950; Middle English alōe, alow, alewen; Old English al(u)we, alewe (compare Old Saxon, Old High German āloê) < Latin aloē < Greek alóē, perhaps < South Asia via Hebrew
Related forms
[al-oh-et-ik] /ˌæl oʊˈɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),


[uh-gal-uh k, ag-uh-lok] /əˈgæl ək, ˈæg əˌlɒk/
the fragrant, resinous wood of an East Indian tree, Aquilaria agallocha, of the mezereum family, used as incense in Asia.
Also called agallochum
[uh-gal-uh-kuh m] /əˈgæl ə kəm/ (Show IPA),
[ag-uh l-woo d] /ˈæg əlˌwʊd/ (Show IPA),
agilawood, aloes, aloeswood, eaglewood, lignaloes.
1625-35; < Late Latin agallochon < Greek agállochon (altered by influence of agállein to decorate); ultimately of Dravidian orig.; see eaglewood Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aloes
Historical Examples
  • Nicodemus brought a large quantity of myrrh and aloes, about a hundredweight.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • I laugh; I see they are the aloes only, planted here in rows along the road.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • aloes one grain-pill every hour will frequently stay in the stomach.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
  • A pill of aloes and iron is one of the best that can be given.

  • Sleep tranquilly in your lairs amongst the aloes and the cactus!

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • Mimosa trees, prickly pears, and aloes remind me that I am not in England.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • Foureau made complaints that the pills of aloes gave him hemorrhoids.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • At the foot are the palms and aloes of the tropics, with the corn, wine, and oil of Italy.

  • The cavaliers then bent to the left, entering a broad path lined with aloes.

    The Bee Hunters Gustave Aimard
  • Even the bitterness of quinine and aloes may be prevented by this means.

British Dictionary definitions for aloes


noun (functioning as sing)
Also called aloes wood another name for eaglewood
bitter aloes, a bitter purgative drug made from the leaves of several species of aloe


another name for eaglewood
Word Origin
C17: from Greek agallokhon


noun (pl) -oes
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
Derived Forms
aloetic (ˌæləʊˈɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin aloē, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for aloes



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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aloes in Medicine

aloe al·oe (āl'ō)

  1. 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.

  2. Aloe vera.

  3. Any of various laxative drugs obtained from the processed juice of a certain species of aloe.

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