Johnny-jump-up

noun
John·​ny-jump-up | \ ˌjä-nē-ˈjəmp-ˌəp How to pronounce Johnny-jump-up (audio) \

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

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Johnny-jump-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Johnny-jump-up. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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