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.

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "808s and Tough Breaks: A Look at the Origins of Trap Music," 4 Mar. 2020 Prime-time-soap wannabes spread like kudzu across the three networks as the 1980s unfolded. Jim Mckairnes, USA TODAY, "'Knots Landing' at 40: Remembering TV's soapy spinoff that outlasted 'Dallas'," 26 Dec. 2019 It’s hard to keep up with the generous cartoon material that grows like kudzu corruption in bass-ackward Alabama politics. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Toon-twisted 2019: Laughs, cries, long red ties and lots of lies," 31 Dec. 2019 Many final resting places had been overtaken by a tangle of trees, brush and kudzu as the site was neglected over the decades. NBC News, "Richmond resident works to restore historic African American cemetery," 3 Jan. 2020 Lil Nas X, a 20-year-old gay rapper from Georgia, teamed with Billy Ray Cyrus, 58, the out-to-pasture father of pop provocateur Miley Cyrus, to make a country-trap single that spread like kudzu as spring 2019 turned into summer. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "2019 entertainment Top 10: 'Hamilton,' 'Old Town Road,' ELO," 29 Dec. 2019 But the kudzu-like growth of scooters has also tangled urban life. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles," 21 Nov. 2019 In 1986, house music crept like kudzu from the Midwest down to the deep south, trailing DJ Ron Pullman’s storied migration from Austin to Atlanta. Katey Ceccarelli, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Atlanta," 29 Oct. 2019 Invasive mesquite in Africa might be used as timber or charcoal, while cattle grazing, herbicides, and controlled burning have been used to tackle kudzu. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Invasive species, explained," 5 June 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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“Kudzu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kudzu. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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

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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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