aloe vera

\-ˈver-ə, -ˈvir- \

Definition of aloe vera 

: an aloe (Aloe barbadensis synonym A. vera) whose leaves furnish a gelatinous emollient extract used especially in cosmetics and skin creams also : such an extract or a preparation composed primarily of such an extract

Examples of aloe vera in a Sentence

a skin cream that contains aloe vera

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Ten of the shades are satin mattes—smooth (thanks to aloe vera and coconut oil), flat colors with a soft-focus finish. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "If You Buy Only One Palette This Year, Make It This," 29 Nov. 2018 Sales of beverages containing aloe vera and turmeric, which claim to ward off indigestion and inflammation, are already declining after several years of explosive growth. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Dull Skin? Restless Sleep? There’s a Drink for That," 28 Aug. 2018 The Marine 300 comes equipped with aloe vera gel, nausea medication meclizine and a complete guide to marine medicine, which includes information on hook removal. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best First Aid Kits For Any Situation," 26 July 2018 After that display, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s is safer in his job than the guy selling aloe vera at the nude beach. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump scores on his own goal," 16 July 2018 Beyond haircuts, shaves and beard trims, Castellon offers a botanical wash that starts with raw aloe vera hand-muddled in a molcajete. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "NuLu's new barbershop is keeping patrons as fresh as the neighborhood," 10 July 2018 Still willing to settle for some good ol' aloe vera gel from the drugstore (and a little more diligence with your sunscreen reapplication next time)? Samantha Sasso,, "Could CBD Be The Answer To Summer's Worst Side Effect?," 30 June 2018 Toppings include aloe vera, red bean, jellies and ice cream along with the standard boba tapioca pearls. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Berkeley-based boba shop with Davis store to open in Downtown Commons," 25 June 2018 Once a burn is completely cooled, apply a lotion, such as one that contains aloe vera or a moisturizer. Sarah Brookbank,, "Fourth of July: What to do if you get burned by a firework," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of aloe vera

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aloe vera

New Latin, species name, from Aloe + Latin vera, feminine of verus true — more at very entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of aloe vera

: a thick liquid that is produced by a kind of aloe plant and used in medicines, cosmetics, etc.; also : the plant that produces this liquid

aloe vera

\-ˈver-ə, -ˈvir- \

Medical Definition of aloe vera 

1 : a plant of the genus Aloe (A. barbadensis synonym A. vera) whose leaves furnish a gelatinous emollient extract used especially in cosmetics and skin creams

2 : an extract of the aloe vera plant also : a preparation composed predominantly of such an extract

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