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 (ko͝od′zo͞o, kŭd′-)
An East Asian vine (Pueraria lobata) in the pea family, having compound leaves and clusters of reddish-purple flowers. It is grown for fodder, forage, and root starch, and is a widespread weed in the southeast United States.

[Japanese kuzu.]
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(Plants) a hairy leguminous climbing plant, Pueraria thunbergiana, of China and Japan, with trifoliate leaves and purple fragrant flowers
[from Japanese kuzu]
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(ˈkʊd zu)
n., pl. -zus.
a fast-growing vine, Pueraria lobata, of the legume family, planted esp. for fodder and to retain soil.
[1890–95; < Japanese kuzu]
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Noun1.kudzu - 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 seedskudzu - 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
genus Pueraria, Pueraria - genus of woody Asiatic vines: kudzu
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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