kudzu

noun

: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The brilliant-but-troubled detective/cop-with-something-extra procedural has crept over the TV listings like so much kudzu, or, to be more local, bougainvillea — lovely to look at in many places but increasingly familiar in form and hue. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 In the 1930s, the Soil Erosion Service (later renamed the Soul Conservation Service) gave 85 million kudzu seedlings to farmers and landowners across the south to combat soil erosion. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 21 Sep. 2022 From there, the goal is to crawl kudzu-like across the schedule until the primetime grid is bespeckled with colons and occasionally clogged with three-hour crossover events. Joshua Alston, Variety, 26 Sep. 2022 For centuries, Chinese medicine has been incorporating kudzu into herbal practices to treat heart disease, fever, and even the common cold. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 21 Sep. 2022 The brilliant-but-troubled detective/cop-with-something-extra procedural has crept over the TV listings like so much kudzu, or, to be more local, bougainvillea — lovely to look at in many places but increasingly familiar in form and hue. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 Where kudzu is found in the U.S. and Canada EDDMapS. 2022. Mandi Albright, ajc, 27 Apr. 2022 The brilliant-but-troubled detective/cop-with-something-extra procedural has crept over the TV listings like so much kudzu, or, to be more local, bougainvillea — lovely to look at in many places but increasingly familiar in form and hue. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Leafy vines resembling Mississippi kudzu drape limestone outcroppings. Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Japanese kuzu

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kudzu was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Kudzu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kudzu. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

kudzu

noun

kud·​zu ˈku̇d-zü How to pronounce kudzu (audio)
: a fast-growing trailing Asian vine that is related to the pea, is grown for grazing and for erosion control, and is often a serious weed in the southeastern U.S.
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