Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Alternative form of yaupon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Same as yaupon.
“The cassine, or yapon, is a shrub which never grows higher than 15 feet; its bark is very smooth, and the wood flexible.”
“Boil a large handful of the yapon in a quart of water for fifteen minutes, then remove it to your teapot, and drink it with sugar and cream.”
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Any drink that is or was used to slake the thirst of the common person.
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