Johnny-jump-up

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:
1835–45, Americanism; so called from its rapid rate of growth; see Johnny

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Johnny-jump-up
 
n
(US), (Canadian) any of several violaceous plants, esp the wild pansy
 
[C19: so called from its quick growth]

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