aloe [ al-oh ] SHOW IPA / ˈæl oʊ / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. 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·o·et·ic , [al-oh- et-ik] /ˌæl oʊˈɛt ɪk/ adjective
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Amenities are plentiful—from sun block to
aloe for the sun, or the complimentary mini bar for your enjoyment.
These poles were the flower stalks of the great American
aloe, or maguey-plant—the only thing resembling wood that grew near.
The great North African
aloe plant shows this very strikingly.
He called the country Fusang, from the name of an abundant plant,—the Mexican "maguey," or American
Close to where I had seated myself grew a large plant of the Mexican
aloe (agave Americana).
Many plants have spines or thorns, and succulent plants like agave,
aloe and prickly pear are common. British Dictionary definitions for aloe 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 Derived Forms aloetic ( ˌæləʊˈɛtɪk), adjective Word Origin for aloe
C14: from Latin
aloē, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for aloe n.
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
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Medicine definitions for aloe 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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