A Hebrew word, Greek aloe. A very bitter plant; hence
the proverb, Plus aloes quam mellis habet , “(Life) has more
bitters than sweets.” The French say, “La côte d'Adam contient plus
d'aloès que de miel,” where côte d'Adam, of course, means woman
or one's wife.
Socotrine Aloes came originally from the island called Socotra, in
the Indian Ocean.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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