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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The spray is also infused with aloe to help further calm redness. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "This Drugstore Beauty Buy Banishes Body Acne Faster Than Anything Else I've Tried," 29 Nov. 2018 Without gluten, sulfates, or parabens, and packed with aloe and botanicals, these products take to skin beautifully, feel luxurious and nourishing, and look amazing both on your face and on your vanity. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "The Best Natural and Organic Makeup Brands That Makeup Artists Actually Use," 6 June 2018 Succulents like aloe are the easiest plants for indoor growers, especially those who travel a lot or who forget to water their plants. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Which Houseplants Grow Best in Low Light?," 10 Nov. 2018 Some also have soothing ingredients like aloe to help prevent irritation and antibacterial ingredients like tea tree oil to possibly help reduce your risk of infection, Dr. Goldenberg says. Korin Miller, SELF, "We Asked Dermatologists How to Prevent Those Painful Ingrown Hairs by Your Vulva," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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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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