Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n yapon An evergreen shrub or small tree of the holly kind, Ilex vomitoria, better known as I. Cassine, found from Virginia around the coast to Texas, thence to Arkansas. It is generally a tall shrub sending up shoots from the ground, and forming dense thickets, but in Texas sometimes assumes a tree-like habit. It bears an abundance of scarlet berries of the size of a pea, and branches covered with these are sent north for winter decoration. Its leaves have an emetic and purgative property, and a decoction of them was the famous black drink of the southern Indians. Its use was both ceremonial and medicinal, and to partake of it large numbers of them went down to the coast every spring. Also called cassena, and Appalachian, Carolina, and South Sea tea.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
- n Yapon yä′pon a bushy evergreen shrub of the holly family, native to the S.E. coasts of the U.S., its leaves yielding the medicinal 'black drink' of the Indians
- Yapon Also Yau′pon, Yu′pon