kud·​zu | \ ˈku̇d-(ˌ)zü How to pronounce kudzu (audio) , ˈkəd- How to pronounce kudzu (audio) \

Definition of kudzu

: a fast-growing Asian vine (Pueraria lobata) of the legume family that is used for forage and erosion control and is often a serious weed in the southeastern U.S.

Examples of kudzu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Invaders such as kudzu, stiltgrass and ailanthus are having a party no one seems able to break up. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The crowds of athletes, performers and audience members in attendance were all greatly diminished due to COVID-19, as Tokyo faces a terrifying surge and the Delta variant spreads kudzu-like around the globe. Judy Berman, Time, 23 July 2021 Imported from Amsterdam, these kudzu roots were laid over the course of several weeks last spring, then left mostly alone. New York Times, 3 May 2021 Immediately following the closing of the artist’s Frankfurt exhibition, the kudzu planted for it was cremated and illegally imported to New York in a trash bin sealed with duct tape. New York Times, 3 May 2021 And this is a proper luxury SUV, offering a level of richness that the common-as-kudzu Jeeps in this segment can't match. David Beard, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2020 Dutch elm disease, kudzu, Asian silver carp in the Mississippi, non-native grasses in the Sonoran Desert, emerald ash borer, pythons in the Everglades. Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Oct. 2020 The CCTVs cycled through images of dirt lawns and driveways infested with overgrown kudzu—and also the cars passing by, and who was in them. Lauryn Hill, Wired, 4 Mar. 2020 Prime-time-soap wannabes spread like kudzu across the three networks as the 1980s unfolded. Jim Mckairnes, USA TODAY, 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of kudzu

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kudzu

Japanese kuzu

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19 Sep 2021

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“Kudzu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kudzu. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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kud·​zu | \ ˈku̇d-zü How to pronounce kudzu (audio) \

Kids Definition of kudzu

: a fast-growing Asian vine that is grown for hay and to control erosion and is often a serious weed in the southeastern United States


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