One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The fibrous interior of a fruit that resembles a marrow, dried and used as a sponge for washing the body.
- ‘When you're fully relaxed, use a brush or a loofah and plenty of shower gel or soap to work up a lather.’
- ‘Use a body brush or loofah to exfoliate your skin gently after you've been in the shower or the bath.’
- ‘Massage areas prone to stretch marks with a washcloth or loofah to increase circulation to the area.’
- ‘Exfoliate the entire body with a natural loofah.’
- ‘When the right night arrives, I take a long bath and scrub with a loofah and fancy face scrub.’
- ‘She rinsed her hair and legs, quickly running a loofah over her skin.’
- ‘Thank this angel with an array of products: bubble bath, body lotion, a loofah, and all-natural perfume or essential oil.’
- ‘This supersize moisturizing soap is attached to a grade-A natural loofah.’
- ‘A lot of men are asking themselves an important question these days: should they use an exfoliating body wash or a loofah in the shower?’
- ‘We wash using the old-fashioned way - a smallish tub full of water, a ladle, a loofah, soap and shampoo.’
- ‘Staphylococcus aureus was found in 60% of cellulose sponges and 86% of loofahs.’
- ‘Yousko regularly walks the streets in southern California looking for stores that sell, say, loofahs and candles, and researches the retailers on the Web.’
- ‘A woman nips in front of you to nab a bargain loofah that would be perfect for Gran.’
- ‘Even using a loofah or natural brush in the shower can stimulate these receptors.’
- ‘The patient remarked that she had scratched her back with a long bathroom loofah to relieve intractable itching.’
- ‘She was so adamant on showing me how to use this loofah that I couldn't get a word in edgewise to tell her I wasn't interested in loofahs at all.’
- ‘If you've ever used a loofah in the shower, you've stirred up some stem cells.’
- ‘During your showers or baths this week, gently scrub your skin with a wet loofah, a natural sponge available at drugstores and natural food stores.’
- ‘Sumiko had purchased some old-fashioned gourd loofahs, as well as an array of local beauty products.’
2The tropical Old World climbing plant of the gourd family that produces loofahs, which are also edible.
Luffa cylindrica, family Cucurbitaceae
Late 19th century: from Egyptian Arabic lūfa, denoting the plant.
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