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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Designates cut-leaved teasel, common teasel and kudzu vine as noxious weeds.
  • Some resourceful people have been putting the kudzu vine to good use.

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