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loo·fah

or loo·fa  (lo͞o′fə) also luf·fa (lo͞o′fə, lŭf′ə)
n.
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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loofah

(ˈluːfə)
n
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
Also called (esp US): loofa or luffa
[C19: from New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf]
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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]
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loofah

- Not a sponge but a dried tropical fruit used as a sponge.
See also related terms for sponge.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loofah - the dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffaloofah - 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.loofah - the loofah climber that has cylindrical fruit
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
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Translations

loofah

[ˈluːfəʳ] Nesponja f de lufa
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

loofah

[ˈluːfə] néponge f végétale
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

loofah

nLuffa f; (as sponge) → Luffa(schwamm) m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

loofah

loofa [ˈluːfə] nluffa
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Summary: Loofahs used for baths are something that many in Lebanon are accustomed to.
He mainly practices on cucumbers and loofahs although he can also now use the cards to slice into a watermelon.
Sporting shower caps and loofahs the pair set off from Gloucestershire on Saturday and should arrive in London today.
So here's hoping her new show, Days Of Our Loofahs, is a success.
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In fact, the soap is so translucent that the company can, and does, put objects visibly inside your bar--from loofahs for ladies to rubber ducks for kids ($6.69).
Set in a featureless alluvial plane, it consists of a few factories and a far-flung scatter of suburban blockwork houses, but Benson Forsyth began to discern 'an older pattern of clusters of traditional dwellings located on slightly higher ground and surrounded by rice fields and exquisite frames for growing loofahs and drying rice grass'.
Using loofahs and other accessories, represents a low-cost home indulgence.
The cruel suggestions included using the tiny mammals as pan- scourers, loofahs or hairbrushes.