loo·​fah | \ˈlü-fə \
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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)

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The exfoliation feels so good, but the bacteria that lives in your loofah? Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Test Your Housekeeping Knowledge: How Gross Are Your Cleaning Habits?," 10 July 2018 This means no abrasive loofahs, cloths, scrubs or chemical exfoliants. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to choose a skin cleanser," 18 June 2018 While much of the marketing of loofahs shows the sponge in a sea-side setting, surrounded by seashells and the like, loofahs are not the remains of an oceanic creature (unlike sea sponges). Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Loofah Sponge," 8 May 2017 There were people crowded into the restaurant, clustered around piles of hot pots filled with beef, fish maws, and pork intestines along with casseroles of sauteed loofah and kidneys with chili sauce. Beth Segal, cleveland.com, "Szechuan Gourmet: Hot spot for hot pot and much more in Asiatown (photos)," 20 Apr. 2018 To buy: $7 after code (originally $11.50); dermstore.com Dry winter skin, meet loofah bar. Kathleen Mulpeter, Health.com, "Dermstore Is Having a HUGE Secret Sale Right Now," 13 Apr. 2018 This can be done with a soft washcloth, a loofah, or a body brush, but for those in a hurry and DIY-ing their tan, Coco's created a tool to help. Lexy Lebsack, refinery29.com, "Kim K.'s Spray Tanner Just Launched A Game-Changing Product," 12 Mar. 2018 This shower gel combines essential oils of eucalyptus and mint for a nourishing and skin-firming lather, no loofah or washcloth necessary. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Body Washes Leave Your Skin Healthy, Hydrated, and Maybe Even Glowing," 29 Jan. 2018 Below, the biggest mushrooms in beauty and wellness, and where to find them: Tremella also known as snow fungus, silver ear, or witch’s butter, looks like a loofah, feels like jelly, and grows on the side of trees. Kat Stoeffel, The Cut, "Do Medicinal Mushrooms Actually Work?," 11 Jan. 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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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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