yaupon

noun
yau·​pon | \ ˈyü-ˌpän also ˈyō- How to pronounce yaupon (audio) , ˈyȯ- \

Definition of yaupon

: a holly (Ilex vomitoria) of the southeastern U.S. that has smooth elliptical leaves with emetic and purgative properties

Examples of yaupon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best of the options include East Palatka, Savannah and the native yaupon holly. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 Dwarf Chinese hollies, dwarf yaupons and one of the improved Japanese boxwood selections also would be good options. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "How soon is too soon to use compost?," 7 June 2019 For a 3- to 5-foot hedge, consider dwarf yaupon holly, Chinese mahonia, dwarf sasanqua, dwarf oleander, azaleas, Indian hawthorn, nandina and Rotunda holly. NOLA.com, "How to plant some privacy: 4 tips for growing a hedge," 27 Jan. 2018 Often regarded as a scrubby nuisance tree on Texas ranches, yaupon was used to produce tea by Native Americans centuries ago, but that art and practice has been largely forgotten. Sid Evans, Southern Living, "The Southern Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Is…," 1 June 2017 For food and cover consider standard yaupon, anaqua, Texas persimmon, Mexican plum and agarita. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Spice up your garden with these 11 new year resolutions," 22 Dec. 2017 Founded in Cat Spring, Texas, by sisters Abianne Falla and JennaDee Detro (how are those for Southern names?), their tea is made from yaupon (pronounced YO-pon), which is the only wild-growing, naturally caffeinated plant in North America. Sid Evans, Southern Living, "The Southern Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Is…," 5 June 2017 Often regarded as a scrubby nuisance tree on Texas ranches, yaupon was used to produce tea by Native Americans centuries ago, but that art and practice has been largely forgotten. Sid Evans, Southern Living, "The Southern Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Is…," 5 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'yaupon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of yaupon

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yaupon

Catawba yą́pą, from yą- tree + leaf

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about yaupon

Time Traveler for yaupon

Time Traveler

The first known use of yaupon was in 1709

See more words from the same year

Statistics for yaupon

Cite this Entry

“Yaupon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yaupon. Accessed 18 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on yaupon

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with yaupon

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about yaupon

Comments on yaupon

What made you want to look up yaupon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

experienced by way of someone else

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!