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

  • n. A species of aloe (Aloe vera) native to the Mediterranean region.
  • n. The mucilaginous juice or gel obtained from the leaves of this plant, widely used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical preparations for its soothing and healing properties.

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  • n. very short-stemmed plant with thick leaves with soothing mucilaginous juice; leaves develop spiny margins with maturity; native to Mediterranean region; grown widely in tropics and as houseplants


Latin aloē, aloe plant + vēra, feminine of vērus, true.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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