Part of speech: noun

A bitter cathartic from certain species of aloe.

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Usage examples "aloes":

  1. According to custom, I slept in his chamber; and notwithstanding the precaution I had taken to burn vinegar and aloes wood, the odor was so disagreeable that every moment the Emperor called me. - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
  2. The chief time of preparing the aloes is in September, when the north winds blow, after the fall of some rain. - "A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII.", Robert Kerr.
  3. Dust the fowls with Powdered Aloes. - "The Veterinarian", Chas. J. Korinek.