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loo·fahor 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.]
nAlso called (esp US): loofa or luffa
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. (Plants) another name for dishcloth gourd
[C19: from New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf]
or loo•fa(ˈlu fə)
n., pl. -fahs or -fas.
a. any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large elongated fruit.
b. the fruit of such a vine.
2. the dried fibrous interior of this fruit, used as a sponge.
[1860–65; < New Latin Luffa < Arabic lūf]
loofah- Not a sponge but a dried tropical fruit used as a sponge.
See also related terms for sponge.
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|Noun||1.||loofah - 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
|2.||loofah - the loofah climber that has cylindrical fruit|