From Old English alwe (“fragrant resin of an East Indian tree”), from Latin aloē, from Ancient Greek ἀλόη (alóē), from Hebrew אֲהָלִים, ultimately from a Dravidian language through Sanskrit कालागुरु (kālāguru, “agarwood”); reinforced in Middle English by Old French aloes.
aloe (plural aloes)
- (in the plural) The resins of the tree Aquilaria malaccensis (syn. Aquilaria agallocha), known for their fragrant aroma.
- A plant of the genus Aloe.
- A strong, bitter drink made from the juice of such plants, used as a purgative.