loo·​fah | \ ˈlü-fə How to pronounce loofah (audio) \
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Definition of loofah

1 : any of a genus (Luffa) of Old World tropical plants of the gourd family with white to yellow flowers and large usually elongate fruits that are sometimes eaten as vegetables when immature also : the fruit of a loofah
2 : a sponge consisting of the fibrous interior of the mature dried fruit of a loofah (especially Luffa aegyptiaca synonym L. cylindrica)

Examples of loofah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no visible wearing or tearing, nor are there any funky smells, as is often the case with an old loofah. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Goshi’s exfoliating shower towel will make you throw away all your loofahs," 14 Jan. 2021 Then, trim your toenails and use a scrub, loofah, or textured towel to slough off dead skin. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 ways to make your weekends feel more normal in quarantine," 22 Apr. 2020 Exfoliate the Skin Use a loofah, washcloth, or exfoliating sponge to gently exfoliate your skin before shaving. Alanna Martine Kilkeary, Teen Vogue, "How to Shave Pubic Hair If You Have a Vagina," 9 Mar. 2020 More:Organic loofah, which is a key component of the mixture, is a network of fibers that acts as a reinforcement in the green-charcoal mixture. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Will Your Home Soon Be Made of Green Charcoal Bricks?," 22 Sep. 2019 Enter the shower with a loofah and scrub your full body from head to toe. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Your Complete Guide to Surviving Tick Season," 22 Jan. 2018 Lee sees a lot of people using harsh loofahs or mechanical brush heads on their KP, which can actually irritate the skin and make the condition worse. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Exclusive: Dr. Pimple Popper Launches SLMD Skincare Body Smoothing System for Keratosis Pilaris," 22 Aug. 2018 Getty ImagesDaniel Zuchnik Hilariously, Rodriguez also gave us a sneak peek of how J.Lo got that enormous train to the venue: bunched up like an enormous, pink loofah. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Alex Rodriguez Was the Sweetest Boyfriend at J.Lo's Movie Premiere," 13 Dec. 2018 Natural sponge loofahs should hang around no longer than four weeks, while the cut-off for plastic poofs extends to two months. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Test Your Housekeeping Knowledge: How Gross Are Your Cleaning Habits?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of loofah

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loofah

New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf

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29 Jan 2021

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“Loofah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loofah. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loofah

: a rough sponge that is made from the dried fruit of a tropical plant and that people use to wash their bodies

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