- 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.
Origin of loofah
Examples from the Web for loofah
Contemporary Examples of loofah
“Intercourse felt, often, like shoving a loofah into a mason jar,” she writes, for example.Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
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Historical Examples of loofah
She had found a loofah, two sponges and some cakes of soap elaborately arranged in a pattern on the bathroom floor.
So Leslie picked up her chum's rough towels, her loofah and her verbena-scented soap.
They simply haven't grasped how much soap and water and loofah go to that, in big towns.
- 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
Word Origin for loofah
1879, from Egyptian Arabic lufah, the name of the plant (Luffa ægyptiaca) with fibrous pods from which flesh-brushes are made.