noun, plural aloes.
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.

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

aloetic [al-oh-et-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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aloe (ˈæləʊ)
n , pl -oes
1.  any plant of the liliaceous genus Aloe, chiefly native to southern Africa, with fleshy spiny-toothed leaves and red or yellow flowers
2.  American aloe another name for century plant
[C14: from Latin aloē, from Greek]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. aluwan (pl.) "fragrant resin of an E. Indian tree," a Biblical usage, from L. aloe, from Gk. aloe, translating Hebrew ahalim (pl., perhaps ult. from a Dravidian language). The Greek word probably was chosen for resemblance of sound to the Hebrew, since the Greek and Latin words referred originally
to a genus of plants with bitter juice, used as a purgative drug, a sense which appeared in English late 14c. The word was then mis-applied to the American agave plant in 1682.
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aloe al·oe (āl'ō)

  1. 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.

  2. Aloe vera.

  3. Any of various laxative drugs obtained from the processed juice of a certain species of aloe.

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plant of the family agave (Agavaceae), and its fibre, belonging to the leaf fibre (q.v.) group. Despite its name, it is not a true hemp.

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The liquid may come from scented organic water, such as rose water, distilled
  water or aloe vera gel.
Try beer or vodka for shine, aloe vera gel for oily hair or jojoba oil for dry
He cut open one succulent and rubbed its aloe on his skin as sunblock.
Perhaps the best part is the faint yet masculine scent of green tea, aloe, and
  jojoba oils that now radiates from his skin.
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