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Johnny-jump-up

[jon-ee-juhmp-uhp] /ˈdʒɒn iˈdʒʌmpˌʌp/
noun
1.
any of certain violets, especially Viola pedunculata, having variously colored flowers.
2.
a small form of the pansy, V. tricolor.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; so called from its rapid rate of growth; see Johnny
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Johnny-jump-up

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) any of several violaceous plants, esp the wild pansy
Word Origin
C19: so called from its quick growth
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