yau·​pon | \ ˈyü-ˌpän How to pronounce yaupon (audio) also ˈyō-, 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 Scarlet’s Peak yaupon holly, while uncommon and sometimes hard to find, would be lovely there. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 For a holly nearly as large as standard yaupon but easier to manage, consider Nellie R Stevens holly. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 For example, the wild yaupon harvests at CatSpring Youpon in Texas are turned into three different varieties: green, medium, and dark roast. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Feb. 2021 Dwarf yaupon holly leaves are scalloped around the edges. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 22 Jan. 2021 Declining yaupon holly plants have been very common and may be due in part to the extended rainy season. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Nov. 2020 Scarlet’s Peak yaupon hollies are much better adapted to the entire state. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 27 Aug. 2020 The best of the options include East Palatka, Savannah and the native yaupon holly. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 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, 7 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of yaupon

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yaupon

Catawba yą́pą, from yą- tree + leaf

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“Yaupon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yaupon. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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