Also called dishcloth gourd, rag gourd.
any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large, elongated fruit.
the fruit of such a vine.
Also called vegetable sponge. the dried, fibrous interior of this fruit, used as a sponge.
Also, loofa, luffa.

1860–65; < Neo-Latin Luffa the genus < Arabic lūf

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loofah (ˈluːfə)
1.  the fibrous interior of the fruit of the dishcloth gourd, which is dried, bleached, and used as a bath sponge or for scrubbing
2.  another name for dishcloth gourd
[C19: from New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf]

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Word Origin & History

1887, from Egyptian Arabic lufah, the name of the plant (Luffa ægyptiaca) with fibrous pods from which flesh-brushes are made.
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Example sentences
She used to try to wash them off in the bath with a loofah.
Maybe they get together with these sponge-wielding dolphins and loofah each other up.
One of the round sponges has a loofah surface on one side for scrubbing.
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