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