kudzu vine

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.

1900–05; < Japanese kuzu, earlier kudu, of uncertain origin

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kudzu (ˈkʊdzuː)
a hairy leguminous climbing plant, Pueraria thunbergiana, of China and Japan, with trifoliate leaves and purple fragrant flowers
[from Japanese kuzu]

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Word Origin & History

1893, from Jap. 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.
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Example sentences
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.
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