Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An evergreen holly (Ilex vomitoria) of the southeast United States, having lustrous red or sometimes yellow fruit, whose dried leaves are used to make a bitter tea. Also called cassina.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The yaupon holly, Ilex vomitoria, an evergreen holly shrub with white flowers and red or yellow berries, found in the southeastern United States.
  • n. A tea-like drink, "black drink", brewed from the leaves of this holly (or, sometimes, Ilex cassine).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shrub (Ilex Cassine) of the Holly family, native from Virginia to Florida. The smooth elliptical leaves are used as a substitute for tea, and were formerly used in preparing the black drink of the Indians of North Carolina. Called also South-Sea tea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as yapon.

Etymologies

Catawba yã´pã.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Catawba yąpą, from (wood, tree) + pą (leaf). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We plant, use feeders and even create deer trails through the thick yaupon bushes. without creating trails the brush can be so thick a rabbit couldn't get through it much less a deer.

    Walk through your high rise fence, turn on your electric deer feeder, and into your climate controlled blind?

  • The grizzled leader hunched like a porcupine and peered through a screen of yaupon leaves, the crossbow held low before him.

    Fire The Sky

  • Ronnie's boss had sent him over to clear out some of the thick yaupon and gall berry bushes around the house to give our longleaf pines a fighting chance.

    Tenderness

  • A thick understory of yaupon and eastern redcedar occurs in some parts.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

  • The maritime forests include live oak, laurel oak, loblolly pine, red cedar, yaupon holly, wax myrtle, dwarf palmetto, with cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) in the south.

    Ecoregions of North Carolina and South Carolina (EPA)

  • Other plants found commonly within the reserve include Spanish moss, resurrection fern, prickly pear, saw palmetto, sabal palmetto, yaupon holly, red cedar, smilax and sweet grass.

    Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, Georgia

  • The house went up like a parcel of brittle old love letters, the flames growing hotter and redder, red as yaupon berries, red as lung blood.

    Dream State

  • Onto this green emptiness houses as awe-inspiring as the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus would appear in groves of oak and yaupon.

    Dream State

  • His name in Hitchiti was As-se-se-he-ho-lar or Asiyahola, which is what the Seminoles called the Black Drink, the sacramental tea brewed out of holly and yaupon leaves.

    Dream State

  • We were only there three years so my own garden was still young, although we were loaded with pine trees and yaupon hollies.

    Staffing Complete « Fairegarden

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  • "There was a grunting somewhere near; a small pig burst out of a patch of yaupon and crossed his path, heading to the left."
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 1062

    January 29, 2010

  • cf. black drink, holly

    January 12, 2009