loofa

loofah

[loo-fuh]
noun
1.
Also called dishcloth gourd, rag gourd.
a.
any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large, elongated fruit.
b.
the fruit of such a vine.
2.
Also called vegetable sponge. the dried, fibrous interior of this fruit, used as a sponge.
Also, loofa, luffa.


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

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loofah (ˈluːfə)
 
n
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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loofah
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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