Definition of yaupon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjɔːpɒn/
(also yaupon holly)


A North American holly, the leaves of which have emetic properties and were formerly used as a tea by American Indians.
  • Ilex vomitoria, family Aquifoliaceae.
Example sentences
  • Small trees resistant to cotton root rot include Jerusalem thorn, yaupon and wild olive.
  • Native plants, like wax myrtle varieties of yaupon hollies to name a few, are popular plants for southern gardens.
  • But even ‘evergreen’ yaupons drop old leaves to make way for new.


Early 18th century: a North American Indian word.

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