American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of loofa.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of dicotyledonous polypetalous plants of the natural order Cucurbitaceæ, the gourd family, and of the tribe Cucumerineæ, characterized by the staminate flowers growing in racemes, the petioles without glands, and the large fruits dry, fibrous, and opening by a lid at the apex. They are climbing herbs, with monœcious flowers, which are large and white, and five-or seven-lobed leaves. Seven species are known, natives of the tropics. The fruit is dry and oblong or cylindrical in shape, the numerous seeds being located in a network of coarse and strong fibers, which in some species are capable of being detached entire, cleansed of all other matters, and used like a coarse, tough fabric. L. Ægyptiaca is the washing-or towel-gourd, so called because its dried fruit is cut up and used as a flesh-brush. The fibrous interior of these gourds is known in commerce under the various names louff, loof, loofa, lief, and liff. See
- n. alternative spelling of loofah.
- n. any of several tropical annual climbers having large yellow flowers and edible young fruits; grown commercially for the mature fruit's dried fibrous interior that is used as a sponge
- n. the dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffa; used as a washing sponge or strainer
“We treat the potato as any additive such as powdered luffa or powdered rosehips.”
“Other things can also be used as the scrubby part of this equation: luffa, strawberry seeds, jojoba beads or any other exfoliant to create your silky smooth body scrub.”
“The rumor also was that the multi-million dollar settlement was followed with the threat of more lawsuits from numerous other innocent young female employees who Billy Boy had pursued in his late night "luffa calls.”
“My hands didn't get all oily and gunky because I was able to hold onto the Foot Polish and use it almost like a luffa.”
“September 27, 2009 at 4:42 am dere wuz eh lawt awf teh ‘ded luffa’ sawngz bak den. alwais ddi get teh LOLs frum dem.”
“We plan on grilling boudin noir post-ride and scrubbing our lactic-leaden quads with luffa sponges lubed up with authentic NJ swamp water hauled bare-chested from local black bear drinking grounds.”
“And if Wikpedia is right, it's unmature fruit which, if left to mature and then processed becomes luffa, the stuff that softens our skin!”
“Those luffa sponges we use in the shower are fruits of the Luffa cylindrica tree.”
“There may be some truth to the story that went around media circles in NYC when Al Franken was still on Air America Radio, that he had about 100 luffa gourds put in two big white sacks tied to the end of a piece of plastic tubing PVC and delivered to the News Corp Bldg where they sat for a short while with a sign attached that said Thinking of you Bill...”
“A different species is used to make fibrous luffa “sponges”; true sponges are sea creatures.”
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