• WordNet 3.6
    • n luffa 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 luffa the dried fibrous part of the fruit of a plant of the genus Luffa; used as a washing sponge or strainer
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n luffa 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 strainer-vine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Luffa luf′a a genus of climbing herbs of the gourd family, whose seeds are contained in a fibrous network removed entire by soaking, &c., and used as a flesh-brush
    • Luffa Also Loof′a, &c
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In literature:

The gardener has planted a large field with Jhinga (Luffa acutangula).
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Bishop Ralph Luffa (1091-1123) was the first great builder, and was followed by Seffrid II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

Glycerin Luffa Soap, Home Typesetting Business and a Home Health Food Bakery.
Is that a luffa under your towel or are you just happy to see me.