aloe

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noun al·oe \ˈa-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of aloe

  1. 1 aloes plural :  the fragrant wood of an East Indian tree (Aquilaria agallocha) of the mezereon family

  2. 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

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 century


ALOE Defined for English Language Learners

aloe

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noun al·oe \ˈa-(ˌ)lō\

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

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noun al·oe \ˈal-(ˌ)ō\

Medical Definition of aloe

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of succulent chiefly southern African plants of the lily family with basal leaves and spicate flowers

  2. 2:  a plant of the genus Aloe

  3. 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. 4:  aloe vera 2



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