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kudzu vine

[kood-zoo]
noun
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:
1900–05; < Japanese kuzu, earlier kudu, of uncertain origin

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kudzu vine

noun
fast-growing vine from eastern Asia having tuberous starchy roots and hairy trifoliate leaves and racemes of purple flowers followed by long hairy pods containing many seeds; grown for fodder and forage and root starch; widespread in the southern United States [syn: kudzu
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