Definitions for kudzuˈkʊd zu
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a fast-growing vine, Pueraria lobata, of the legume family, planted esp. for fodder and to retain soil.
Origin of kudzu:
1890–95; < Japn kuzu
kudzu, kudzu vine, Pueraria lobata(noun)
fast-growing vine from eastern Asia having tuberous starchy roots and hairy trifoliate leaves and racemes of purple flowers followed by long hairy pods containing many seeds; grown for fodder and forage and root starch; widespread in the southern United States
An Asian vine grown as a root starch.
Origin: From クズ. The spelling kudzu (instead of kuzu) is due to the historical kana orthography that was in use at the time the term was borrowed into English.