Johnny-jump-up

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

Definition of Johnny-jump-up

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 : any of various American violets

First Known Use of johnny-jump-up

1842

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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