- 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.
Origin of kudzu vine
Examples from the Web for kudzu
Cats, the Times told us, are a pestilence akin to gypsy moths and kudzu.The War on Cats: Jonathan Franzen and Bird-Lovers Fight Back
March 21, 2011
Kudzu is not particularly new, but it seems to me destined to a much greater importance than at present.Florida: An Ideal Cattle State
Florida State Live Stock Association
The Kudzu Vine is of wonderful rapidity of growth, and will be found a good substitute for a hardy vine about piazzas and porches.Amateur Gardencraft
Eben E. Rexford
- a hairy leguminous climbing plant, Pueraria thunbergiana, of China and Japan, with trifoliate leaves and purple fragrant flowers
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.