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.

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Origin of kudzu vine

1900–05; < Japanese kuzu, earlier kudu, of uncertain origin
Also called kud·zu.
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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.

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  • The Kudzu Vine is of wonderful rapidity of growth, and will be found a good substitute for a hardy vine about piazzas and porches.

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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
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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.

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