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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

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LIGN ALOE. Hebrew ahalim, ahaloth; Greek agallochus, from the native name aghil; "eaglewood," imitating the sound. Not the common aloes, disagreeable in odor and taste. The more precious kind grows in Cochin China and Siam, and is not exported, being worth its weight in gold. The perfume is from the oil thickening into resin within the trunk. The inferior kind, garo, grows in the Moluccas, the Excoecaria agallocha of Linnaeus. The best aloe wood is called calambac, the produce of the Aquilaria agallochum of Silhet in N. India. Used for perfuming garments (Psalm 45:8) and beds (Proverbs 7:17). An image for all that is lovely, fragrant, flourishing, and incorruptible (Numbers 24:6; Song of Solomon 4:14). Used by Nicodemus, along with myrrh, 100 lbs. in all, to enwrap amidst linen the sacred body of Jesus (John 19:39).

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These dictionary topics are from Fausset Bible Dictionary, 1949. Public Domain.

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Fausset, Andrew R. "Entry for 'Aloe'". "Fausset Bible Dictionary".
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