[ loo-fuh ]

  1. Also called dish·cloth gourd [dish-klawth gawrd], /ˈdɪʃ klɔθ ˌgɔrd/, rag gourd [rag-gawrd]. /ˈræg ˌgɔrd/.

    • any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large, elongated fruit.

    • the fruit of such a vine.

  2. Also called veg·e·ta·ble sponge [vej-tuh-buhl spuhnj]. /ˈvɛdʒ tə bəl ˌspʌndʒ/. the dried, fibrous interior of this fruit, used as a sponge.

Origin of loofah

First recorded in 1860–65; from New Latin Luffa the genus, from Arabic lūf
  • Also loo·fa, luf·fa .

Words Nearby loofah

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How to use loofah in a sentence

  • Eleanor is the roughest and toughest loofah that was ever known.

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British Dictionary definitions for loofah


/ (ˈluːfə) /

  1. the fibrous interior of the fruit of the dishcloth gourd, which is dried, bleached, and used as a bath sponge or for scrubbing

  2. another name for dishcloth gourd

Origin of loofah

C19: from New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf
  • Also called (esp US): loofa, luffa

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