One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Aloe wood, the fragrant resinous heartwood of trees of the South-East Asian genus Aquilaria, especially that of A. malaccensis (formerly A. agallocha).
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Bartholomew Traheron (c1510–?1558), protestant writer and reformer. From post-classical Latin agallochum, agalochum, earlier agallochon from Hellenistic Greek ἀγάλλοχον, ἀγάλοχον, ultimately from an Indian language.
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