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loofah

[loo-fuh] /ˈlu fə/
noun
1.
Also called dishcloth gourd, rag gourd.
  1. any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large, elongated fruit.
  2. 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
1860-1865
1860-65; < Neo-Latin Luffa the genus < Arabic lūf
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Examples from the web for loofah
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for loofah

loofah

/ˈluːfə/
noun
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
Also called (esp US) loofa, luffa
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf
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Word Origin and History for loofah
n.

1879, from Egyptian Arabic lufah, the name of the plant (Luffa ægyptiaca) with fibrous pods from which flesh-brushes are made.

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