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[loo-fuh] /ˈlu fə/
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.
Also called vegetable sponge. the dried, fibrous interior of this fruit, used as a sponge.
Also, loofa, luffa.
Origin of loofah
1860-65; < New Latin Luffa the genus < Arabic lūf Unabridged
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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


the fibrous interior of the fruit of the dishcloth gourd, which is dried, bleached, and used as a bath sponge or for scrubbing
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

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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