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Aloe

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A Hebrew word, Greek aloē. A very bitter plant; hence the proverb, Plus aloes quam mellis habet, “(Life) has more bitters than sweets.” The French say, “La oôte dʹAdam contient plus dʹaloès que de miel,” where côte dʹ Adam, of course, means woman or one’s wife.

Socotrine Aloes came originally from the island called Socotra, in the Indian Ocean.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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