aloe

[ al-oh ]
/ ˈæl oʊ /
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noun, plural al·oes.

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.

Nearby words

  1. alnico,
  2. aloadae,
  3. alocasia,
  4. alod,
  5. alodium,
  6. aloe vera,
  7. aloes,
  8. aloeswood,
  9. aloeus,
  10. alofi

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 formsal·o·et·ic [al-oh-et-ik] /ˌæl oʊˈɛt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for aloe

aloe

/ (ˈæləʊ) /

noun plural -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 Formsaloetic (ˌæləʊˈɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for aloe

C14: from Latin aloē, from Greek

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Word Origin and History for aloe

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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Medicine definitions for aloe

aloe

[ ălō ]

n.

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.

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