loofah

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noun loo·fah \ˈlü-fə\
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Definition of loofah

  1. 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. 2 :  a sponge consisting of the fibrous interior of the mature dried fruit of a loofah (especially Luffa aegyptiaca synonym L. cylindrica)

Origin and Etymology of loofah

New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf


First Known Use: 1887


LOOFAH Defined for English Language Learners

loofah

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noun loo·fah \ˈlü-fə\

Definition of loofah for English Language Learners

  • : 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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