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

  • n. A small tree (Ilex cassine) of the southeast United States, having red or sometimes orange to yellow fruit and leathery, dark green leaves. Also called cassina.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An evergreen shrub or small tree (Ilex cassine) of the southern United States, bearing red drupes and having soft, white, close-grained wood; -- called also dahoon holly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small evergreen tree, Ilex Dahoon, of the southern United States, allied to the holly, and sometimes called the dahoon holly. The wood is white and soft, but close-grained.

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "... and where the sun poked through, thick grass sparng up knee-high and the prickly leaves of dahoon caught at him as he passed."
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 1039

    January 29, 2010

  • (n): evergreen shrub or small holly species in the American South. Also dahoon holly.

    January 9, 2009