angled loofah

noun
variants: or less commonly angled luffa

Definition of angled loofah

1 : a narrow, cylindrical, green-skinned edible gourd that has ten prominent angular, lengthwise ridges and a spongy, white, mild-flavored flesh and that is typically eaten when immature either cooked, raw, or pickled
  • Angled loofah looks odd, almost inedible—like a long, skinny gourd with razor-thin ridges—but once you peel, slice, and pickle it, the slightly spongy texture and zucchini-like flavor will take to your burger quite nicely.
  • —Kemp MinifieGourmetFebruary 2003
Note: The interior fibrous portion of mature fruits may be dried and used as sponges.
2 : an annual tropical vine (Luffa acutangula) of the gourd family that produces angled loofahs
  • Angled loofah is cultivated in India, tropical Asia, and parts of the Caribbean …
  • —Derek B. Munro and Ernest SmallVegetables of Canada1997
Note: Both the fruit and plant are also called Chinese okra, patola, ribbed gourd, ridged gourd, and ridge gourd.

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First Known Use of angled loofah

1987


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