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kudzu vine

[koo d-zoo] /ˈkʊd zu/
noun
1.
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
1900-1905
1900-05; < Japanese kuzu, earlier kudu, of uncertain origin
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kudzu

/ˈkʊdzuː/
noun
1.
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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n.

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.

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