Johnny–jump–up

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noun John·ny–jump–up \ˌjä-nē-ˈjəmp-ˌəp\

Definition of Johnny–jump–up

  1. 1 :  a common cultivated European viola (Viola tricolor) which has short-spurred flowers usually blue or purple mixed with white and yellow and from which most of the garden pansies are derived; broadly :  any of various small-flowered cultivated pansies

  2. 2 :  any of various American violets

1842

First Known Use of johnny–jump–up

1842

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