al·oe | \ˈa-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of aloe 

1 aloes plural : agarwood

2a : 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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For the most skin-soothing effects, look for a moisturizer containing aloe, which helps calm burned skin. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Fastest, Most Effective Ways to Treat a Sunburn," 13 July 2018 Both of us have lived most of our lives near an ocean, with beach towels stacked on closet shelves, sunscreen in the bathroom cabinet and aloe in the fridge. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "My happiest memories are one with the sea," 28 June 2018 With a low pH (very important), the foam-free gel formula also has stuff like licorice root, centella, witch hazel, and aloe — four cornerstones for hydration, balance, brightening, and calming. Allure Editors, Allure, "The Best New Beauty Products This Month," 9 July 2018 Made up of aloe, cucumber, and rose oil, this gentle serum can be used as a daily hydrator, after-shave moisturizer, or post-sun treatment. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 The rose water and aloe is a heavenly reset after a day of schlepping luggage. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018 Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil-Free Moisturizer Yep, another gel moisturizer — this one uses natural ingredients like aloe and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin smooth and hydrated. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "5 Best Drugstore Moisturizers for Oily Skin," 19 Dec. 2017 Wander Beauty's Wanderlust powder foundation will take your face on an international journey via its wide-reaching ingredient list, which includes Korean aloe leaf and honeysuckle, U.S. jojoba esters, and French hibiscus. Wendy Gould, Allure, "The 9 Best Powder Foundations to Thwart Summer Sweat," 3 July 2018 Canares said mild burns can be treated a home with aloe or other remedies recommended by the family doctor, but more severe burns with blisters larger than an index finger require emergency attention. Meredith Cohn,, "With 4th of July come warnings about dangers from fireworks," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of aloe

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aloe

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

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English Language Learners Definition of aloe

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


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

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