dishcloth gourd


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dishcloth gourd

n.
See loofah.
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dishcloth gourd

n
1. (Plants) any of several tropical climbing plants of the cucurbitaceous genus Luffa, esp L. cylindrica, which is cultivated for ornament and for the fibrous interior of its fruits. See loofah
2. (Botany) the fruit of any of these plants
Also called (dialect): vegetable sponge
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Noun1.dishcloth gourd - 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
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References in periodicals archive ?
Luffa cylindrical common names include vegetable sponge and dishcloth gourd. They require 150 warm days to produce sponges or 65 days for edible fruits.
ANSWERS: 1 Carbon; 2 Windsor Davies; 3 The Netherlands; 4 Michael Martin; 5 Lake Kariba; 6 Romanian; 7 Thomas Cranmer; 8 The internal fibrous skeleton of the dishcloth gourd; 9 The William books; 10 Bella Swan.
aegyptiaca, (which one source says is the preferred "dishcloth gourd"), L.