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aloe

[al-oh] /ˈæl oʊ/
noun, plural aloes.
1.
any chiefly African shrub belonging to the genus Aloe, of the lily family, certain species of which yield a fiber.
2.
4.
aloes, (used with a singular verb) agalloch.
Origin of aloe
950
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
aloetic
[al-oh-et-ik] /ˌæl oʊˈɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective

agalloch

[uh-gal-uh k, ag-uh-lok] /əˈgæl ək, ˈæg əˌlɒk/
noun
1.
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),
agalwood
[ag-uh l-woo d] /ˈæg əlˌwʊd/ (Show IPA),
agilawood, aloes, aloeswood, eaglewood, lignaloes.
Origin
1625-35; < Late Latin agallochon < Greek agállochon (altered by influence of agállein to decorate); ultimately of Dravidian orig.; see eaglewood
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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

aloes

/ˈæləʊz/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
Also called aloes wood another name for eaglewood
2.
bitter aloes, a bitter purgative drug made from the leaves of several species of aloe

agalloch

/əˈɡælək/
noun
1.
another name for eaglewood
Word Origin
C17: from Greek agallokhon

aloe

/ˈæləʊ/
noun (pl) -oes
1.
any plant of the liliaceous genus Aloe, chiefly native to southern Africa, with fleshy spiny-toothed leaves and red or yellow flowers
2.
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

aloe

n.

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.

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aloes in Medicine

aloe al·oe (āl'ō)
n.

  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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