Definitions for kudzuˈkʊd zu
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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.
Kudzu, also called Japanese arrowroot, is a plant in the pea family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. It is a climbing, coiling, and trailing vine native to southern Japan and south east China. Its name comes from the Japanese name for the plant, kuzu, which was written "kudzu" in historical romanizations. Where it occurs as an invasive species, it is considered a noxious weed that climbs over trees or shrubs and grows so rapidly, it kills them by heavy shading. The plant is edible, but often sprayed with herbicides.
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