Definition of Luffa

1. Noun. The dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffa; used as a washing sponge or strainer.

Exact synonyms: Loofa, Loofah, Loufah Sponge
Group relationships: Dishcloth Gourd, Rag Gourd, Sponge Gourd, Strainer Vine
Generic synonyms: Fiber, Fibre



2. Noun. 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.
Exact synonyms: Dishcloth Gourd, Rag Gourd, Sponge Gourd, Strainer Vine
Group relationships: Genus Luffa
Specialized synonyms: Loofah, Luffa Cylindrica, Vegetable Sponge, Angled Loofah, Luffa Acutangula, Sing-kwa
Terms within: Loofa, Loofah, Loufah Sponge
Generic synonyms: Vine

Definition of Luffa

1. n. A small genus of tropical cucurbitaceous plants having white flowers, the staminate borne in racemes, and large fruits with a dry fibrous pericarp. The fruit of several species and the species themselves, esp. L. Ægyptiaca, are called dishcloth gourds.

Definition of Luffa

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of loofah) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Luffa

1. loofah [n -S] - See also: loofah

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Luffa

ludship
ludships
ludwig's angina
ludwigite
ludwigites
lued
lues
luetheite
luetic
luetic mask
luetics
lufenuron
luff
luffa (current term)
luffas
luffed
luffer
luffers
luffing
luffs
luftmensch
luftmenschen
lug
lug bolt
lug bolts
lug nut
lug wrench
luge

Literary usage of Luffa

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1. The Treasury of Botany: A Popular Dictionary of the Vegetable Kingdom; with by John Lindley (1866)
"... which after the pulp is removed is used for carrying water, under the name of bottle-gourd. The fruit of luffa ..."

2. The Reign of William Rufus and the Accession of Henry the First by Edward Augustus Freeman (1882)
"Two had been filled during the year of the Norman campaign, and both of them by prelates of some personal mark. Ralph luffa, Bishop of Ralph Chichester, ..."

3. Memorials of the South Saxon See and Cathedral Church of Chichester by William Richard Wood Stephens (1876)
"Stigand . . 1070 . . William the Conqueror. Godfrey . . 1087 . . William Rufus. Ralph luffa. . 1091 . • l fr T T. iiT a- -1 nni f William Rufus. ..."

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