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  • noun an evergreen shrub


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  • (n): a shrubby or small tree species of holly, Ilex vomitoria, found growing in the southeastern United States, frequently used in landscaping. The stems and leaves of this plant were used to concoct the black drink by native Americans in the region.

    January 12, 2009

  • ilex vomitoria contains a certain amount of caffeine; thus its use in brewing black drink and, later by European settlers, cassine.

    January 26, 2013