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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Recent Examples on the Web More:Organic loofah, which is a key component of the mixture, is a network of fibers that acts as a reinforcement in the green-charcoal mixture. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Will Your Home Soon Be Made of Green Charcoal Bricks?," 22 Sep. 2019 Enter the shower with a loofah and scrub your full body from head to toe. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Your Complete Guide to Surviving Tick Season," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loofah?pronunciation&lang=en_us&file=loofah01.wav. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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