1. any of a large genus (Aloe) of plants of the lily family, native to Africa, with fleshy leaves that are spiny along the edge and with drooping clusters of tubular, red or yellow flowers
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Wortherkunft von 'aloe'ME < L < Gr aloē < ? Heb ahalim, pl. of ahal, aloe wood < Sans agaru