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[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.
Origin of yaupon
1700-10, Americanism; < Catawba yą́pą, equivalent to yą- wood, tree + leaf Unabridged
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  • Restriction of fires and poor grazing management are largely responsible for the increase in yaupon.
  • Evergreens with high levels of volatile tree oil are: cedar, yaupon, wax myrtle and rosemary.
  • Tea made from the leaves of the yaupon shrub was a favorite drink.
British Dictionary definitions for yaupon


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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