Johnny-jump-up definition

jŏnē-jŭmpŭp
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Any of various plants of the genus Viola, especially heartsease or the yellow California violet V. pedunculata.
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Any of various American violets.
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(North America) Any of several violets or pansies.
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Noun

Singular:
johnny-jump-up
Plural:
johnny-jump-ups

Origin of johnny-jump-up

  • From its quick growth

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Johnny + jump + up.

    From Wiktionary