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 This is a natural exfoliating product that can help smooth your skin, Parthasarathy said, and is typically more helpful than a loofah. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 To ensure your loofah is squeaky clean, soak it in a diluted bleach solution once a week for a few minutes. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 In another sign of the growing closeness between the Bebop crew, Faye gives Spike her beloved loofah to chomp down on while Jet heals his arm. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 21 Nov. 2021 Indigenous to the African continent, watermelons are kin to cucumbers, pumpkins and loofah. New York Times, 7 June 2021 The reason for higher-viscosity is to provide a better, longer-lasting cleaning experience that does not require a loofah. Dave Knox, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Promiscuous in the shower to your loofah with Furtado singing the song in the studio. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Hicks then walks Barrymore, dressed in a safety vest and dirty loofah, through the steps of replacing and installing a light switch: the sort of knowledge that often is not passed down to women. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 4 Apr. 2021 Prince Akeem had personal bathers who kept him from ever having to pick up his own loofah. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Loofah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loofah. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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