Johnny-jump-up love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Viola, especially a California violet (V. pedunculata) or a European pansy (V. tricolor), having ovate leaves and variously colored flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several violets or pansies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pansy, Viola tricolor; also, the bird-foot violet, V. pedata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived
  • n. common violet of the eastern United States with large pale blue or purple flowers resembling pansies

Etymologies

From its quick growth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Johnny + jump + up. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But Johnny-jump-up suits 'em best, for it kind o 'tells how they come up in the spring.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky

  • So arose Johnny-jump-up for the Viola tricolor, and basswood for the common European linden or lime-tree (Tilia), and locust for the Robinia pseudacacia and its allies.

    Chapter 2. The Beginnings of American. 3. New Words of English Material

  • In a very short time a butterfly was brought out, and harnessed to a first-class Johnny-jump-up.

    Ting-a-ling

  • One of the best loved is the old-fashioned Johnny-jump-up (V. tricolor), a viola with dark purple upper petals and lower petals in shades of lavender-blue, yellow or white, often with dark purple markings, Plants are short-lived but readily self-seed, providing pleasurable discoveries of new plants in unexpected places each year.

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  • However, I can let you have a nice easy Johnny-jump-up, if you say so. "

    Ting-a-ling

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