aloe

noun al·oe \ ˈa-(ˌ)lō \
|Updated on: 23 Jul 2018

Definition of aloe

1 aloes plural : agarwood
2 a : any of a large genus (Aloe) of succulent chiefly southern African plants of the lily family with basal leaves and spicate flowers
b : the dried juice of the leaves of various aloes used especially formerly as a purgative usually used in plural but singular in construction
c : aloe vera

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Origin and Etymology of aloe

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin, dried juice of aloe leaves, from Greek aloē


ALOE Defined for English Language Learners

aloe

Definition of aloe for English Language Learners

  • : a tropical plant that has heavy leaves which produce a thick liquid used in medicines, cosmetics, etc.


Medical Dictionary

aloe

noun al·oe \ ˈal-(ˌ)ō \

medical Definition of aloe

1 capitalized : a large genus of succulent chiefly southern African plants of the lily family with basal leaves and spicate flowers
2 : a plant of the genus Aloe
3 : the dried juice of the leaves of various aloes used especially formerly as a purgative and tonic usually used in plural but singular in construction
4 : aloe vera 2


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