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or loo·fa  (lo͞o′fə) also luf·fa (lo͞o′fə, lŭf′ə)
1. Any of several tropical cucurbit vines of the genus Luffa native to Asia, having cylindrical fruit with a fibrous, spongelike interior.
2. The dried, fibrous part of the loofah fruit, used as a washing sponge or as a filter. Also called dishcloth gourd, vegetable sponge.

[Arabic lūfa, singulative of lūf.]
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Noun1.loofa - the dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffaloofa - the dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffa; used as a washing sponge or strainer
dishcloth gourd, rag gourd, sponge gourd, strainer vine, luffa - any of several tropical annual climbers having large yellow flowers and edible young fruits; grown commercially for the mature fruit's dried fibrous interior that is used as a sponge
fiber, fibre - a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
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Loofa sponge is a natural and fibrous material basically composed of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin forming an interlaced structure with high porosity.
Get a full-body or foot massage monthly, give yourself a loofa or dry brush massage weekly, and train yourself to towel dry vigorously after every bath and shower.
Liu, Y , Seki, M , Tanaka, H 1998 Characteristics of Loofa (Luffa cylindrica) sponge as a carrier for plant cell immobilization Journal of Fermentation and Bioengineering 85: 416-421
has introduced Botanical Bath Body Tools, a line of bath accessories crafted of natural fibers from bamboo, jute, ramie and loofa.
The Portico Spa line encompasses personal-care lotions, gels, soaps, body and loofa brushes, and kits including a variety of these products.
Rouge Dior Creme de Gloss Creamy Lipglosses contain wild mango tropical botanical butter to soften and protect the lips, loofa oil with lipid-restoring and anti-drying properties and hyaluronic and marine filling spheres that swell upon contact with the lips to provide pouty plumpness and intense hydration.
Make washing and bathing yourself easier with an ergonomic finger dip shampoo brush, a loofa shower mitt, or long handled shampoo brush and back scrubber.
I got a new toy which is my absolute favourite - he is called Loofa Dog and I carry him everywhere.
Nfifid oli kirjanik voi kunstnik kinnistatud asutuse juurde, millest soltus tema kui loofa karjaar nii loomingulises kui majanduslikus mottes.
Bath salts, soap with soothing sea kelp and a loofa sponge by the bath will put all tensions to rest.
One day, when Mazal was washing herself in the tub and Geula was helping her and scrubbing her back with the loofa, Sara noticed the half gold Napoleon hanging round her mother's neck on a black velvet ribbon.
Although loofa is an Old World tropical plant, it grows well in more temperate climates.