Definition of Japanese knotweed in English:

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Japanese knotweed


A tall fast-growing Japanese plant of the dock family, with bamboolike stems and small white flowers. It has been grown as an ornamental but tends to become an aggressive weed. Also called Mexican bamboo.
  • Reynoutria japonica, family Polygonaceae.
Example sentences
  • A Forum spokesman said: ‘Whole sections of riverbanks, woodlands and hedgerows have become choked by giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed, with the main casualties native wildflowers and herbs.’
  • Coun Wild, who has had complaints from residents about Japanese knotweed growing into their gardens from council land, said: ‘Over the years it has spread voraciously and is now becoming a serious problem in parts of Kirklees.’
  • The taxonomy and nomenclature of Japanese knotweed have changed often over time, resulting in references to it in three genera: Polygonum, Reynoutria, and Fallopia.

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Syllabification: Jap·a·nese knot·weed

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