al·​oe | \ ˈa-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce aloe (audio) \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Handcrafted in small batches in the USA, W3ll People, is known for their incredibly hydrating formulas rich in organic aloe and precious essential oils. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The 12 Best Clean Beauty Brands Available on Amazon," 23 Aug. 2019 The ingredients—a combination of manuka honey, Vitamin E, aloe, and yucca—clarify skin while also soothing and maintaining your natural pH. Braelyn Wood,, "These All-Natural Toner Pads Are My One-Step Skincare Routine After Every Workout," 19 July 2019 L’Oréal Paris’ Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum contains moisturizing aloe, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid, making it a perfect option for any skin types. Janell M. Hickman, Marie Claire, "Why Dermatologists Want You to Use Glycolic Acid," 4 Nov. 2019 Start with low-maintenance varieties such as aloe, ivy and jade plants. Megan Buerger, Washington Post, "Stressed out? Here are 10 science-backed design tips for bringing serenity to your home.," 28 Aug. 2019 On the west, the desert garden features aloes and spiny cacti. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019 Most aloes bloom in the fall and winter, providing a valuable source of nectar when most other garden plants are not in bloom. Earl Nickel,, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 18 Oct. 2019 Burt’s Bees Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser is made with cotton extract and aloe, which helps soothe and moisturize the skin. Los Angeles Times, "Rosacea treatments: 10 creams, lotions and salves that promise to save your skin," 28 Aug. 2019 Brook suggests incorporating coconut oil, Argan oil, aloe, or spirulina into your regimen. Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, "12 Healthy Hair Habits You Should Adopt ASAP," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of aloe was before the 12th century

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8 Jan 2020

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“Aloe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce aloe (audio) \

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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