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yaupon

or yapon

[yaw-pon] /ˈyɔ pɒn/
noun
1.
a holly shrub or small tree, Ilex vomitoria, of the southern U.S., having bitter leaves that are sometimes brewed as a tea.
Origin of yaupon
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism; < Catawba yą́pą, equivalent to yą- wood, tree + leaf
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Examples from the Web for yaupon
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  • The yaupon is a shrubby tree of spreading habit, with very small, oval, evergreen leaves and red berries.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The tree is known locally as yaupon, dahoon, dahoon holly, and Henderson wood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for yaupon

yaupon

/ˈjɔːpən/
noun
1.
a southern US evergreen holly shrub, Ilex vomitoria, with spreading branches, scarlet fruits, and oval leaves: used as a substitute for tea
Word Origin
from Catawba yopun shrub, diminutive of yop tree
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