From Old English alwe (“fragrant resin of an East Indian tree”), from Latin aloē, from Ancient Greek ἀλόη (aloē, “aloes”), from Hebrew אֲהָלִים, ultimately from a Dravidian language; reinforced in Middle English by Old French aloes.
- Rhymes: -æləʊ
aloe (plural aloes)
- (in the plural) The resins of the trees Aquilaria agallocha and Aquilaria malaccensis, known for their fragrant odour
- A plant of the genus Aloe.
- A strong, bitter drink made from the juice of such plants, used as a purgative.
Usage notes 
- Often used in plural (originally under influence of Old French).
See also 
aloe m and f (invariable)
- aloe (plant)
From Ancient Greek ἀλόη (aloē, “aloes”)
- The aloe.
- The bitter juice produced by the aloe used as a perfume, in medicine and in embalming.
- (figuratively) Bitterness (in general).
- a substance extracted from the aloe plant
From English aloe