aloe

[ al-oh ]
/ ˈæl oʊ /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM aloe

al·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 forms of aloe

aloetic (ˌæləʊˈɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for aloe

C14: from Latin aloē, from Greek
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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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