Definition of kudzu in English:


Syllabification: kud·zu
Pronunciation: /ˈko͝odzo͞o
(also kudzu vine)


  • A quick-growing eastern Asian climbing plant with reddish-purple flowers, used as a fodder crop and for erosion control. It has become a pest in the southeastern US.
    • Pueraria lobata, family Leguminosae
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    • The scrub that borders the tracks is overgrown with kudzu, an imported plant that strangles the natives.
    • This is a lesson that Southern farmers would have done well to remember when they were planting kudzu in the thirties.
    • Of course, a plant could have too many survival skills - look at kudzu here in the South, for example.


late 19th century: from Japanese kuzu.

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