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kudzu vine

[koo d-zoo] /ˈkʊd zu/
a fast-growing Chinese and Japanese climbing vine, Pueraria lobata, of the legume family, now widespread in the southern U.S., having tuberous, starchy roots and stems: used for fiber, as food and forage, and to prevent soil erosion.
Also called kudzu.
Origin of kudzu vine
1900-05; < Japanese kuzu, earlier kudu, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kudzu
  • Bamboo grows nearly as fast as kudzu and is tough as nails.
  • kudzu can also be made into a tea and used as a cure for alcoholism.
  • kudzu may be starchy but can it be processed in a way to produced oil.
  • But nobody else seemed interested in keeping it from growing over with kudzu until it became nothing but a green mound.
  • The idea of eating kudzu and the recipes for it have been around for decades.
  • Headlights shined over the kudzu-covered maples, made each leaf look shellacked.
  • kudzu is a highly aggressive, invasive plant that is extremely difficult to control once established.
  • Photo of roadside of two lane road with kudzu covering half of a speed limit sign.
British Dictionary definitions for kudzu


a hairy leguminous climbing plant, Pueraria thunbergiana, of China and Japan, with trifoliate leaves and purple fragrant flowers
Word Origin
from Japanese kuzu
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Word Origin and History for kudzu

1893, from Japanese kuzu. Perennial climbing plant native to Japan and China, introduced in U.S. southeast as forage (1920s) and to stop soil erosion (1930s) and quickly got out of hand.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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