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luf·fa

 (lo͞o′fə, lŭf′ə)
n.
Variant of loofah.

luffa

(ˈlʌfə)
n
1. (Plants) any tropical climbing plant of the cucurbitaceous genus Luffa, esp the dishcloth gourd
2. (Plants) US another name for loofah

loo•fah

or loo•fa

(ˈlu fə)

also luffa



n., pl. -fahs or -fas.
1.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.luffa - the dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffaluffa - 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
2.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
genus Luffa - dishcloth gourds
Luffa cylindrica, vegetable sponge, loofah - the loofah climber that has cylindrical fruit
angled loofah, Luffa acutangula, sing-kwa - loofah of Pakistan; widely cultivated throughout tropics
loofa, loofah, loufah sponge, luffa - the dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffa; used as a washing sponge or strainer
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
Translations

luffa

[ˈlʌfə] N (US) → esponja f de lufa
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They're very nutritious, especially the Luffa sponge, but others as well.
Caracterizacion de la pulpa quimica a partir de residuos de Luffa cylindrica (paste).
Luffa sponges are fun to plant now, too, and by autumn you will have sponges that will make your skin tingle
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The similar results was shown in Luffa cylindrical, whereby its leaves at the proximity between the sites of IAA production and the sites of differentiating vascular cells probably resulted in relatively high local IAA concentration at the differentiating sites (Aloni, 2001).
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The best plan is to keep up a maintenance dose of Luffa Complex (20 drops in a little water once a day) all year.
There are other oriental vegetables which may interest you, like the snow peas which are eaten pod and all; winter melon, really a gourd grown for winter storage; vegetable amaranth, called hinn choy by the Chinese, a tasty summer spinach; garlic chives; fiery flavored peppers that are shaped like a hawk's talons; radishes that grow to 15 pounds; and a luffa gourd that is eaten like okra.
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As part of the screening process to locate plants or plant parts with antihyperglycemic and antinociceptive properties, this study was conducted to evaluate the above two properties of methanolic extract of fruits of Luffa acutangula in Swiss albino mice.