noun, plural al·oes.
Origin of aloe
Examples from the Web for aloe
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of aloe
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
noun plural -oes
Word Origin 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.