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
c : aloe vera

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Cosrx's Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is a staple on her vanity, as it's infused with healing aloe and touts SPF 50. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Kyla Massie of K-Pop Group Pristin Shares Her Favorite Skin-Care Products on Twitter," 8 May 2019 Other ingredients in the potion include hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, aloe, and chamomile extracts. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Glow Recipe Is Launching a Pineapple-Infused Vitamin C Serum, and It's So Good," 31 Mar. 2019 Bonus: The spray also contains cucumber extract and aloe to help soothe skin. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Ulta Is Having a 50 Percent Off Sale on Skin-Care—Here’s Everything I Want," 18 Jan. 2019 The secret sauce left behind: so le al (Mama Choi’s acronym for soju, lemon, and aloe), a DIY facial toner meant to brighten, tighten, and clarify her skin. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "My Mother’s 5-Step Korean Beauty Routine Completely Changed My Skin," 21 Sep. 2018 The aloes of the title dominate the space which feels like a little oasis in an ominous encroaching desert. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "Athol Fugard’s apartheid drama ‘Lesson From Aloes’ in S.F. just brilliant," 8 June 2018 Nucifera’s The Mist touts aloe leaf juice, rosewater, and carrot seed oil; while Bodha Modern Wellness’s Calm Ritual Spray hydrates and soothes your skin with wild geranium and Californian sage essential oil. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "5 Body Mists That Promise a Better Night’s Sleep—And Glowing Skin in the Morning," 29 July 2018 Its main ingredients are well-known skin hydrators, like aloe, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract, along with an antioxidant called matrixyl 3000. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Amazon's Baebody Eye Gel Has 13,000 Rave Reviews," 10 Oct. 2018 Barry: Marla was obsessive about the skincare benefits – it's got Vitamin E, aloe, seaweed, goldenberry, chamomile, and licorice extract. Town & Country, "Powerful Pairs: Bluemercury's Marla Malcolm Beck & Barry Beck," 12 Aug. 2014

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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 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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