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loofah

[ loo-fuh ]
/ 藞lu f蓹 /
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noun
Also called dish路cloth gourd [dish-klawth gawrd], /藞d瑟蕛 kl蓴胃 藢g蓴rd/, rag gourd [rag-gawrd]. /藞r忙g 藢g蓴rd/.
  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 veg路e路ta路ble sponge [vej-tuh-buhl spuhnj]. /藞v蓻d蕭 t蓹 b蓹l 藢sp蕦nd蕭/. the dried, fibrous interior of this fruit, used as a sponge.
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Origin of loofah

First recorded in 1860鈥65; from New Latin Luffa the genus, from Arabic l奴f
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British Dictionary definitions for loofah

loofah
/ (藞lu藧f蓹) /

noun
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 l奴f
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