Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • 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.
  • n. See aloe vera.
  • n. A laxative drug obtained from the processed juice of a certain species of aloe. Also called bitter aloes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The resins of the trees Aquilaria agallocha and Aquilaria malaccensis, known for their fragrant odour
  • n. A plant of the genus Aloe.
  • n. A strong, bitter drink made from the juice of such plants, used as a purgative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wood of the agalloch.
  • n. A genus of succulent plants, some classed as trees, others as shrubs, but the greater number having the habit and appearance of evergreen herbaceous plants; from some of which are prepared articles for medicine and the arts. They are natives of warm countries.
  • n. The inspissated juice of several species of aloe, used as a purgative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of the plants of the genus Aloë.
  • n. A genus of liliaceous plants, including trees, shrubs, and a few perennial herbs, with thick fleshy leaves, usually spinosely toothed and rosulate at the summit of the caudex. See aloe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. succulent plants having rosettes of leaves usually with fiber like hemp and spikes of showy flowers; found chiefly in Africa

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English aluwe, from Latin aloē, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English alwe, from Latin aloē, from Ancient Greek ἀλόη (aloē, "aloes"); reinforced in Middle English by Old French aloes. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There are many so-called aloe vera preparations on the market that contain very little of this precious herb.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • Five compounds were identified and assayed, namely aloe-emodin, chrysophanol, emodin, physcion and rhein.

    Chapter 7

  • My second joyful memory centres round another thing of beauty -- a spiky agave (miscalled aloe) of monstrous dimensions which may be seen in the garden of a certain hill-side hotel.

    Alone

  • We cannot forget that, persecuted by conquer-ing Brahmans, and expelled from India, it found, at last, a shelter in Ceylon where it still flourishes like the legendary aloe, which is said to blossom once in its lifetime and then to die, as the root is killed by the exuberance of blossom, and the seeds cannot produce anything but weeds.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

  • After all, the aloe was an ugly thing; but it answered my purpose – it made Mrs Luttridge, as I am credibly informed, absolutely weep with vexation.

    Belinda

  • The alley up which we were moving was planted on each side with that remarkable tree or plant, for I know not which to call it, the giant aloe, which is called in Spanish, pita, and in Moorish, gursean.

    The Bible in Spain

  • She suggests Vaseline's new line of products called aloe fresh; some have an SPF 15, while others contain a cool body gel made from 100 percent aloe vera.

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  • The flavor is not yet known, but the RSS said the liquid produced by Hinduism's revered holy cows is being mixed with products such as aloe vera and gooseberry to fight diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

    India = Comedy Gold

  • Again, for more mild cases, it may be better to avoid the risk of the sometimes serious side effects and use a simple steroid cream instead, or soothing botanicals such as aloe vera.

    Psoriasis Guru » Blog Archive » Humira – A Prescription for Relief from Severe Cases of Psoriasis

  • Each product contains deeply hydrating ingredients, such as aloe vera and jojoba, for delectably soft skin.

    Archive 2009-01-01

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