[ 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


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

Definition for aloes (2 of 2)

[ uh-gal-uh k, ag-uh-lok ]
/ əˈgæl ək, ˈæg əˌlɒk /


the fragrant, resinous wood of an East Indian tree, Aquilaria agallocha, of the mezereum family, used as incense in Asia.

Origin of agalloch

1625–35; < Late Latin agallochon < Greek agállochon (altered by influence of agállein to decorate); ultimately of Dravidian orig.; see eaglewood
Also called a·gal·lo·chum [uh-gal-uh-kuh m] /əˈgæl ə kəm/, ag·al·wood [ag-uh l-woo d] /ˈæg əlˌwʊd/, agilawood, aloes, aloeswood, eaglewood, lignaloes. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for aloes (1 of 3)

/ (ˈæləʊz) /

noun (functioning as singular)

Also called: aloes wood another name for eaglewood
bitter aloes a bitter purgative drug made from the leaves of several species of aloe

British Dictionary definitions for aloes (2 of 3)

/ (əˈɡælək) /


another name for eaglewood

Word Origin for agalloch

C17: from Greek agallokhon

British Dictionary definitions for aloes (3 of 3)

/ (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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Medical definitions for aloes

[ ălō ]


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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