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Does anyone know the Spanish (Mexican Spanish) word for "aloe vera." A friend of mine from Aguas Calientes in Mexico (when he saw it in my garden) once called it (in his native language) a word that sounded like "salvia." Recently, I tried to cross-reference "aloe vera" from English to Spanish and "salvia" from Spanish to English with no success. My English language plant books tell me that "salvia" is the Latin word for what I know as various sage plants. This plant is not a sage, but a succulent, that I have seen growing in Mexico as well. The plant name seems to be too specific to find in standard English/Spanish dictionaries. Thanks for any help on this.

  • Posted Mar 11, 2008
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It is the same in English and Spanish.
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloe_vera

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That makes sense. Maybe my friend was referring to its properties and not its name. Thanks for your input! Connie

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You are very welcome.

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In El Salvador it is called Savila

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In Cuba we also call the plant Savila as well as Aloe Vera . "Salvia" is a totally different plant- not a cactus- that Cuban families-- as well as other cultures-- have used for cold symptoms, depression and other ailments for years. It is now highly controversial because it is been sold in the Internet and teens are using it to get high- it can cause hallucinations. Some states are banning the salvia plants altogether. Check out this website: http://www.sagewisdom.org/
We learn something everyday!
Ines from Miami

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It's "savila" in the Dominican Republic too.

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ITS CALLED SABILA ! ITS NOT THE SAME WORD "ALOE VERA" in english and spanish. Its NOT salvia either.
SABILA! I was so confused also I had to ask my family. Good luck with your spanish.

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SAVILA!!! no b in it, sorry.

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Savila is the commonly used term in Spanish- but if you want to get technical-- Aloe Vera is the scientific name that comes from the Latin. Aloe, also written Aloë, is a genus containing about four hundred species of flowering succulent plants. Vera is one of the species. As noted earlier, Salvia is a totally different type of plant- not a succulent. Connie thought that she had heard it called Salvia. So we are all correct.
Muchas gracias a todos.

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Acabo de entrar a ésta página y conozco la palabra que necesitas, Aloe Vera en Inglés se traduce como: Sábila
Aquí tienes mas información:

[url=http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A1bila]http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A1bila[/url]

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