Definition of aloe
1 aloes plural : the fragrant wood of an East Indian tree (Aquilaria agallocha) of the mezereon family
2a : any of a large genus (Aloe) of succulent chiefly southern African plants of the lily family with basal leaves and spicate flowersb : the dried juice of the leaves of various aloes used especially formerly as a purgative —usually used in plural but singular in constructionc : aloe vera
Recent Examples of aloe from the Web
The hydrating-but-not-heavy jar contains cocoa butter and shea butter, as well as soothing aloe.
Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Cleansing Gel ($8) thoroughly cleanses yet leaves your skin supple, while L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care, which also contains aloe vera, calms and helps prevent further moisture loss.
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Origin and Etymology of aloe
Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin, dried juice of aloe leaves, from Greek aloē
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
ALOE Defined for English Language Learners
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 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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