kud·zu | \ˈku̇d-(ˌ)zü, ˈkəd- \

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.

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The plant is also used in Chinese medicine for treating allergies, colds, fevers and as a digestive aid. Brew a kudzu tea by chopping up a cup of leaves and boiling them for about 30 minutes to treat what ails you. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "8 Backyard Weeds You Can Actually Eat," 3 Apr. 2017 By then, the disease had carpeted her pelvic organs like kudzu. Jena Pincott, Scientific American, "The Science of Endometriosis," 15 May 2018 Buildings are unencumbered by kudzu or graffiti and have tidy, sparsely furnished rooms, as though the inhabitants had only just fled (or been vaporized). Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds," 14 May 2018 Southerners have found dozens of ways to eat kudzu, including making jams and jellies, and pickling the flowers that appear in late summer. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "8 Backyard Weeds You Can Actually Eat," 3 Apr. 2017 Third, Sheader and his designers, Tom Scutt and Lee Curran, kiss off the retro camp, which usually attaches itself to this material like kudzu. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "How good is 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Lyric? Better than NBC's, perfect for millennials, as good a rock-album musical as it can be," 29 Apr. 2018 But the seeds sown during Watergate cover us like kudzu now, so the sight of a former president admitting criminal complicity on prime-time television is almost worthy of nostalgia at this point. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Frost/Nixon depicts the thoughtfulness and grace of . . . Richard Nixon?," 26 Apr. 2018 The story follows a dozen or so distinct characters in and around the real town of Charleston, Mississippi, where a chemical company's attempt to control the spread of kudzu inadvertently spawns a zombie plague. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "It may not be deep, but 'Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies' is bursting with regional flavor," 22 Mar. 2018 Magic promotes the encroachment of the brambles, a kind of killer kudzu that puts those who touch it into a death-like sleep. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of new science fiction and fantasy books, March 18," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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kud·zu | \ˈku̇d-zü \

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: 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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