WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
loo•fah  (lo̅o̅fə), 
    Also called dishcloth gourd, rag gourd. 
    • any of several tropical vines of the genus Luffa, of the gourd family, bearing large, elongated fruit.
    • the fruit of such a vine.
  1. Plant BiologyAlso called vegetable sponge. the dried, fibrous interior of this fruit, used as a sponge.
Also,loofa, luffa. 
  • Arabic lūf 
  • Neo-Latin Luffa the genus
  • 1860–65

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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

Also called (esp US): loofa, luffa Etymology: 19th Century: from New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf

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