noun, plural al·oes.
Origin of aloe
Origin of agalloch
Examples from the Web for aloes
Historical Examples of aloes
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
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
noun (functioning as singular)
Word Origin for agalloch
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.