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 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, "How Many Drew Barrymores Does It Take to Change a Light Switch?," 4 Apr. 2021 Prince Akeem had personal bathers who kept him from ever having to pick up his own loofah. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Did you spot them? These are 'Coming 2 America's best throwbacks to the classic comedy (Spoilers!)," 6 Mar. 2021 This best-selling silicone body scrubber offers all the same exfoliating, sudsy benefits of your classic baby pink loofah, but without having to worry about the material staying wet and becoming festered with bad-for-you bacteria. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "This $10 Silicone Body Scrubber Doesn't Get Riddled with Bacteria Like Your Classic Fluffy Loofah," 23 Feb. 2021 There’s no visible wearing or tearing, nor are there any funky smells, as is often the case with an old loofah. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Goshi’s exfoliating shower towel will make you throw away all your loofahs," 14 Jan. 2021 Then, trim your toenails and use a scrub, loofah, or textured towel to slough off dead skin. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 ways to make your weekends feel more normal in quarantine," 22 Apr. 2020 Exfoliate the Skin Use a loofah, washcloth, or exfoliating sponge to gently exfoliate your skin before shaving. Alanna Martine Kilkeary, Teen Vogue, "How to Shave Pubic Hair If You Have a Vagina," 9 Mar. 2020 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

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Loofah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loofah. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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