Johnny-jump-up


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John·ny-jump-up

 (jŏn′ē-jŭmp′ŭp′)
n. pl. Johnny-jump-ups
Any of various plants of the genus Viola, especially heartsease or the yellow California violet V. pedunculata.

[From its quick growth.]

Johnny-jump-up

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

John′ny-jump′-up`



n., pl. Johnny-jump-ups.
1. any of various American violets, esp. Viola pedunculata.
2. a small form of the pansy, Viola tricolor.
[1835–45, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Johnny-jump-up - a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derivedJohnny-jump-up - a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived
viola - any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
2.Johnny-jump-up - common violet of the eastern United States with large pale blue or purple flowers resembling pansiesJohnny-jump-up - common violet of the eastern United States with large pale blue or purple flowers resembling pansies
violet - any of numerous low-growing violas with small flowers
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