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1. Any of various chiefly African plants of the genus Aloe, having rosettes of succulent, often spiny-margined leaves and long stalks bearing yellow, orange, or red tubular flowers.
2. See aloe vera.
3. aloes(used with a sing. verb)
a. A laxative drug obtained from the processed juice of certain species of aloe. Also called bitter aloes.
b. See aloeswood.
[Middle English, from Old English aluwe, from Latin aloē, from Greek. Sense 3b, ultimately from Late Greek aloē, aloe, aloeswood, from confusion of Greek aloē, aloe with Greek agalokhon, aloeswood, influenced by Hebrew 'ahālôt, an aromatic, probably aloeswood.]
al′o·et′ic (ăl′ō-ĕt′ĭk) adj.
n, pl -oes
1. (Plants) any plant of the liliaceous genus Aloe, chiefly native to southern Africa, with fleshy spiny-toothed leaves and red or yellow flowers
2. (Plants) American aloe another name for century plant
[C14: from Latin aloē, from Greek]
n., pl. -oes.
1. any chiefly African shrub belonging to the genus Aloe, of the lily family, certain species of which yield a fiber.
2. aloe vera.
[before 950; Middle English alōe, alow, alewen; Old English al(u)we, alewe (compare Old Saxon, Old High German āloê) < Latin aloē < Greek alóē]
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|Noun||1.||aloe - succulent plants having rosettes of leaves usually with fiber like hemp and spikes of showy flowers; found chiefly in Africa|
genus Aloe - large genus of chiefly African liliaceous plants; in some systems placed in family Aloeaceae
Aloe vera, burn plant - very short-stemmed plant with thick leaves with soothing mucilaginous juice; leaves develop spiny margins with maturity; native to Mediterranean region; grown widely in tropics and as houseplants
succulent - a plant adapted to arid conditions and characterized by fleshy water-storing tissues that act as water reservoirs