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.

Nearby words

Origin of kudzu vine

1900–05; < Japanese kuzu, earlier kudu, of uncertain origin
Also called kud·zu.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kudzu

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for kudzu


/ (ˈkʊdzuː) /


a hairy leguminous climbing plant, Pueraria thunbergiana, of China and Japan, with trifoliate leaves and purple fragrant flowers

Word Origin for kudzu

from Japanese kuzu
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012