loo·fah or loo·fa (lfə) also luf·fa (lfə, lŭfə)
1. Any of several tropical cucurbit vines of the genus Luffa native to Asia, having cylindrical fruit with a fibrous, spongelike interior.
2. The dried, fibrous part of the loofah fruit, used as a washing sponge or as a filter. Also called dishcloth gourd, vegetable sponge.
[Arabic lūfa, singulative of lūf.]
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