or ya·pon

[ yaw-pon ]
/ ˈyɔ pɒn /


a holly shrub or small tree, Ilex vomitoria, of the southern U.S., having bitter leaves that are sometimes brewed as a tea.

Words nearby yaupon

Origin of yaupon

1700–10, Americanism; < Catawba yą́pą, equivalent to yą- wood, tree + leaf
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Examples from the Web for yaupon

  • 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



/ (ˈjɔːpən) /


a southern US evergreen holly shrub, Ilex vomitoria, with spreading branches, scarlet fruits, and oval leaves: used as a substitute for tea

Word Origin for yaupon

from Catawba yopun shrub, diminutive of yop tree
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