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loo·fah / ˈloōfə/ (also loofa, luffa) • n. 1. a coarse, fibrous cylindrical object used like a bath sponge for washing. It consists of the dried fibrous matter of the fluid-transport system of a marrowlike fruit. 2. the tropical Old World climbing plant (Luffa cylindrica) of the gourd family that produces these fruits, which are also edible.


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Luffa (family Cucurbitaceae) A genus of 6 species of tendrillate climbers of the tropics, including L. aegyptiaca, which furnishes the loofah, the vascular skeleton of the pericarp.


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loofah Young fruit of the curcubit Luffa acutangula is edible, but becomes too bitter as it matures.


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loofah See LUFFA.


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loofah fibrous substance of a plant used as sponge. XIX. — Arab. lūfa.