Johnny-jump-up

[jon-ee-juhmp-uhp]
noun
  1. any of certain violets, especially Viola pedunculata, having variously colored flowers.
  2. 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


British Dictionary definitions for johnny-jump-up

Johnny-jump-up

noun
  1. 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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