bitter aloes

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bitter aloes a purgative made from the leaves of aloe
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Usage

In literature:

Cochin China sent bitter aloes-wood.
"Messer Marco Polo" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Anguish rode her soul like a thousand imps and the slow tears were falling, bitter as aloes, the symbol of defeat.
"The Maid of the Whispering Hills" by Vingie E. Roe
It had the bitterness of aloes also, for in his own heart he knew that Detricand spoke truth.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
Coolin hated the duty, and because he was in a bitter mood his tongue was like a leaf of aloe.
"Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Even the bitterness of quinine and aloes may be prevented by this means.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Some timid sentimentalists advised compulsory restraint in woollen gloves, or the deterrent aid of bitter aloes.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, August 9, 1890." by Various
It tasted as bitter as aloes.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Aloes have the peculiarity that they are the emblems of the most intense bitterness and of the richest and most costly fragrance.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
In to-day's tears you'll find the bitter-aloes of the tears of long ago; and there's the weariness of dead laughter there, too.
"Their Son; The Necklace" by Eduardo Zamacois
I can assure you it's often as bitter as a dose of aloes.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
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In poetry:

Suvla, name of bitterness,
Myrrh and aloes in the mouth,
Salt as Dead Sea water is!
All that splendour, all that youth,
All that nobleness! Oh, waste
Of the dearest, loveliest!
"Lament" by Katharine Tynan
Tho' aloes is full bitter to the taste,
Yet many a man has it preserv'd from death;
So, though all ails are grievous, while they last,
Yet oft they keep us from the pit beneath.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard