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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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