yaupon

noun
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 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, "Reap the Delicious Benefits of Yaupon Tea, Made from a Native Plant That Contains Caffeine," 23 Feb. 2021 Dwarf yaupon holly leaves are scalloped around the edges. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "It’s hard to control Texas leaf cutting ants, which strip plants in pieces," 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, "Here’s when to prune various rose plants," 21 Nov. 2020 Scarlet’s Peak yaupon hollies are much better adapted to the entire state. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Will this persimmon succumb to gall growths?," 27 Aug. 2020 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

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Yaupon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yaupon. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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