E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A Hebrew word, Greek alo. A very bitter plant; hence the proverb, Plus aloes quam mellis habet, (Life) has more bitters than sweets. The French say, La oôte dAdam contient plus daloès que de miel, where côte d Adam, of course, means woman or ones wife.
Socotrine Aloes came originally from the island called Socotra, in the Indian Ocean.