[L. aloe.] A genus of succulent trees and shrubs of many species, but the greater number having the habit and appearance of evergreen herbaceous plants. They are natives of warm climates, and flower only once, after a growth of from fifty to one hundred years. The fibres of the leaves are manufactured into thread, cords, and nets, and stockings are woven from the fibres of a species found in Jamaica. But aloes are chiefly valuable for their medicinal properties, the drug called aloes being obtained from the juice of several species.