loo·​fah ˈlü-fə How to pronounce loofah (audio)
variants or luffa
: 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
: 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 Break up with your loofah and grab the sonic-powered PMD Clean Pro. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 26 Nov. 2023 The shelves are generously spaced to fit tall bottles, and there’s also a razor holder with hooks for loofah storage. Nicole Pyles, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 These include: Luffa (or loofah), also known as sponge gourd or rag gourd Calabash, also known as bottle gourd Cushaw squash, also known as silver-seed gourd Blue hubbard squash Turban squash, also known as French turban These gourds are tasty and easy to cut into. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Oct. 2023 A bit more painful than scrubbing down with a loofah. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 If left to mature, you'll be rewarded with a loofah sponge or natural dish scrubber. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 Do not scrub or vigorously rub your skin with a loofah or washcloth. Gabrielle Kassel, Health, 25 Aug. 2023 These spa-worthy, TikTok-famous minimalist gold hooks are perfect for keeping your loofah, robe, and towel within reach without cramping your style. Stephanie Montes, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2023 Sisters Monica and Aidee San Miguel remember how their grandma used to carry a big loofah sponge on back-and-forth trips between Chicago and Mexico. Nell Salzman, Chicago Tribune, 22 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of loofah was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Loofah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loofah. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also luffa
: any of various Old World tropical plants of the gourd family with large fruits
also : a sponge consisting of the fiber-containing skeleton of its fruit

derived from Arabic lūf "loofah"

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