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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aloe  \Al"oe\  ([a^]l"n[-o]),  n.;  pl  {Aloes}  (-[=o]z).  [L. 
  alo["e],  Gr  'alo`h,  aloe:  cf  OF  aloe,  F.  alo[`e]s.] 
  1.  pl  The  wood  of  the  agalloch.  [Obs.]  --Wyclif. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  A  genus  of  succulent  plants,  some  classed  as  trees, 
  others  as  shrubs,  but  the  greater  number  having  the  habit 
  and  appearance  of  evergreen  herbaceous  plants;  from  some 
  of  which  are  prepared  articles  for  medicine  and  the  arts. 
  They  are  natives  of  warm  countries. 
 
  3.  pl  (Med.)  The  inspissated  juice  of  several  species  of 
  aloe,  used  as  a  purgative.  [Plural  in  form  but 
  syntactically  singular.] 
 
  {American  aloe},  {Century  aloe},  the  agave.  See  {Agave}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aloes 
  n  :  a  purgative  made  from  the  leaves  of  aloe  [syn:  {bitter  aloes}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Aloes 
  (Heb.  'ahalim),  a  fragrant  wood  (Num.  24:6;  Ps  45:8;  Prov. 
  7:17;  Cant.  4:14),  the  Aquilaria  agallochum  of  botanists,  or  as 
  some  suppose,  the  costly  gum  or  perfume  extracted  from  the  wood. 
  It  is  found  in  China,  Siam,  and  Northern  India,  and  grows  to  the 
  height  sometimes  of  120  feet.  This  species  is  of  great  rarity 
  even  in  India.  There  is  another  and  more  common  species,  called 
  by  Indians  aghil  whence  Europeans  have  given  it  the  name  of 
  Lignum  aquile,  or  eagle-wood.  Aloewood  was  used  by  the  Egyptians 
  for  embalming  dead  bodies.  Nicodemus  brought  it  (pounded 
  aloe-wood)  to  embalm  the  body  of  Christ  (John  19:39);  but 
  whether  this  was  the  same  as  that  mentioned  elsewhere  is 
  uncertain. 
 
  The  bitter  aloes  of  the  apothecary  is  the  dried  juice  of  the 
  leaves  Aloe  vulgaris. 
 




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