aloe

[al-oh]
noun, plural aloes.
1.
any chiefly African shrub belonging to the genus Aloe, of the lily family, certain species of which yield a fiber.
4.
aloes, (used with a singular verb) agalloch.

Origin:
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
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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]
 
aloetic
 
adj

aloes (ˈæləʊz)
 
n
1.  another name for eaglewood Also called: aloes wood
2.  bitter aloes a bitter purgative drug made from the leaves of several species of aloe

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aloe
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)
n.

  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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Aloes definition


(Heb. 'ahalim), a fragrant wood (Num. 24:6; Ps. 45:8; Prov. 7:17; Cant. 4:14), the Aquilaria agallochum of botanists, or, as some suppose, the costly gum or perfume extracted from the wood. It is found in China, Siam, and Northern India, and grows to the height sometimes of 120 feet. This species is of great rarity even in India. There is another and more common species, called by Indians aghil, whence Europeans have given it the name of Lignum aquile, or eagle-wood. Aloewood was used by the Egyptians for embalming dead bodies. Nicodemus brought it (pounded aloe-wood) to embalm the body of Christ (John 19:39); but whether this was the same as that mentioned elsewhere is uncertain. The bitter aloes of the apothecary is the dried juice of the leaves Aloe vulgaris.

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Example sentences for aloes
Aloes also contain a trace of volatile oil, to which its odour is due.
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