loofah

noun
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)

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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 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

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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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The first known use of loofah was in 1887

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loofah

noun

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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