- any of certain violets, especially Viola pedunculata, having variously colored flowers.
- a small form of the pansy, V. tricolor.
Origin of Johnny-jump-up
1835–45, Americanism; so called from its rapid rate of growth; see Johnny
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But Johnny-jump-up suits 'em best, for it kind o' tells how they come up in the spring.Aunt Jane of Kentucky
Eliza Calvert Hall
- US and Canadian any of several violaceous plants, esp the wild pansy
Word Origin for Johnny-jump-up
C19: so called from its quick growth
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