[ loo-fuh ]
/ ˈlu fə /


Also called dishcloth gourd, rag gourd.
  1. any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large, elongated fruit.
  2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for loofa

/ (ˈluːfə) /


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

Word Origin for loofah

C19: from New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf
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