Definition of yaupon in English:


Syllabification: yau·pon
Pronunciation: /ˈyôˌpän, ˈyo͞o-
(also yaupon holly)


A holly of the southern US. Sometimes dried and brewed as a tea, its bitter leaves contain caffeine and have emetic properties.
  • Ilex vomitoria, family Aquifoliaceae
More 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: from Catawba (a Siouan language spoken in South Carolina) yopún, diminutive of yop 'tree, shrub'.

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