from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An eastern Asian vine (Pueraria lobata) 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.
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- n. An Asian vine grown as a root starch and sometimes considered a noxious weed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
Japanese kuzu.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese クズ (葛, kuzu). The spelling kudzu (instead of kuzu) is due to the historical kana orthography that was in use at the time the term was borrowed into English. (Wiktionary)