- Also called dishcloth gourd, rag gourd.
- any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large, elongated fruit.
- the fruit of such a vine.
- Also called vegetable sponge. the dried, fibrous interior of this fruit, used as a sponge.
Also loo·fa, luffa.
Origin of loofah
1860–65; < New Latin Luffa the genus < Arabic lūf
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- the fibrous interior of the fruit of the dishcloth gourd, which is dried, bleached, and used as a bath sponge or for scrubbing
- another name for dishcloth gourd
Also called (esp US): loofa, luffa
C19: from New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf
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Word Origin and History for loofah
1879, from Egyptian Arabic lufah, the name of the plant (Luffa ægyptiaca) with fibrous pods from which flesh-brushes are made.
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