from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several Old World tropical vines of the genus Luffa, having cylindrical fruit with a fibrous, spongelike interior.
- n. The dried, fibrous part of the loofa fruit, used as a washing sponge or as a filter. Also called dishcloth gourd, vegetable sponge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sponge-gourd, Luffa Luffa. See Luffa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffa; used as a washing sponge or strainer
Arabic lūfa, singulative of lūf.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)