- (LOO-fah) [Arabic] A large fruit of the gourd family, also known as the dishcloth gourd; the dried, fibrous interior of the fruit is used in industrial filters and as a rough sponge for bathing and dishwashing.
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Loofah — Loofah, s.v.w. Luffa … Kleines Konversations-Lexikon
loofah — 1879, from Egyptian Arabic lufah, the name of the plant (Luffa ægyptiaca) with fibrous pods from which flesh brushes are made … Etymology dictionary
loofah — ► NOUN ▪ a fibrous cylindrical object used like a bath sponge, consisting of the dried inner parts of a marrow like tropical fruit. ORIGIN Egyptian Arabic … English terms dictionary
loofah — [lo͞o′fə] n. [Ar lūfah] LUFFA … English World dictionary
loofah — UK [ˈluːfə] / US [ˈlufə] noun [countable] Word forms loofah : singular loofah plural loofahs a long rough object that you use for washing yourself. It is made from a dried tropical fruit … English dictionary
loofah — egiptinė plaušenė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Moliūginių šeimos aliejinis, daržovinis, maistinis, pluoštinis, vaistinis augalas (Luffa aegyptiaca), paplitęs atogrąžų kraštuose. atitikmenys: lot. Cucurbita luffa; Luffa aegyptiaca; Luffa… … Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)
loofah — also luffa noun Etymology: New Latin luffa, from Arabic lūf Date: 1887 1. any of a genus (Luffa) of Old World tropical plants of the gourd family with large fruits; also its fruit 2. a sponge consisting of the fibrous skeleton of the fruit of a… … New Collegiate Dictionary
loofah — [[t]lu͟ːfə[/t]] loofahs N COUNT A loofah is a long rough sponge like piece of plant fibre which you use to scrub your body … English dictionary
loofah — /looh feuh/, n. 1. Also called dishcloth gourd, rag gourd. 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. Also called vegetable sponge. the dried, fibrous… … Universalium
loofah — noun a) A tropical vine, of the genus Luffa, having almost cylindrical fruit with a spongy, fibrous interior; the dishcloth gourd b) The dried … Wiktionary
loofah — loo|fah [ˈlu:fə] n [Date: 1800 1900; : Arabic; Origin: luf] a rough bath ↑sponge, made from the dried inner part of a tropical fruit … Dictionary of contemporary English