Definition of kudzu in English:

kudzu

(also kudzu vine)

Pronunciation /ˈko͝odzo͞o/ /ˈkʊdzu/

noun

  • 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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kate Peyser checked on the kudzu vine near the Scarsdale Railway Station.’
    • ‘But beyond the city limits, where the kudzu creeps over buildings and trees, the mood can turn darker.’
    • ‘Between them, live-oaks and kudzu grow in humped green walls.’
    • ‘An extract from the root of the notorious creeping vine, kudzu, may also prove helpful.’
    • ‘Other kudzu entrepreneurs make sculptures, bales for animal feed, kudzu cookbooks, kudzu soaps, and kudzu dyes for t-shirts.’
    • ‘Michael and I spent two days, sometimes on hands and knees, in a chigger-infested jungle of pine and kudzu seeking vestiges of the Gudger shack.’
    • ‘There, kudzu grows like a pole bean on steroids.’
    • ‘Being from Alabama, I could understand spending $10 million to stop the spread of the evil kudzu that is consuming the entire state.’
    • ‘A fungus from the sicklepod plant, Arabis canadensis, found in the south-eastern United States, effectively controls kudzu.’
    • ‘As for nonnative plant invaders, among the most infamous is kudzu, a fast-growing vine first introduced to the U.S. from Japan in the 1870s.’
    • ‘While in college, Manning, now 35, interned at a national park, where he noticed that kudzu and other nuisance plants were choking out native species.’
    • ‘Multiflora rose, kudzu, and oriental bittersweet are substantially less abundant in the coastal plain, where agriculture is extensively practiced.’
    • ‘Baskin points to Asian long-horned beetles, kudzu, zebra mussels, West Nile virus, spotted knapweed, and caulerpa seaweed as just a few culprits.’
    • ‘If I made baskets with all the kudzu in the South, everyone would have a hundred baskets.’
    • ‘Therefore, for the query regarding competitive ability, we answered ‘unknown’ for all species except kudzu.’
    • ‘During 1998, kudzu was included by legislators in the United States Congress on a growing list of invasive, exotic plants recognized under the Federal Noxious Weed Law.’
    • ‘In addition, kudzu ranked second-highest in terms of its potential impact on natural systems, because it is capable of overgrowing and decimating mature stands of trees.’

Origin

Late 19th century from Japanese kuzu.

Pronunciation

kudzu

/ˈko͝odzo͞o/ /ˈkʊdzu/