- 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
1700–10, Americanism; < Catawba yą́pą, equivalent to yą- wood, tree + pą leaf
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- a southern US evergreen holly shrub, Ilex vomitoria, with spreading branches, scarlet fruits, and oval leaves: used as a substitute for tea
from Catawba yopun shrub, diminutive of yop tree
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