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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

Etymologies

Arabic lūfa, singulative of lūf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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