- an African monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus, allied to the green monkey and the grivet, but distinguished by a rusty patch at the root of the tail.
Origin of vervet
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The Green monkey and the Vervet monkey are those most commonly seen in England.Natural History in Anecdote
C19: from French, from vert green, but influenced by grivet
Word Origin and History for vervet
African monkey, 1884, from French, of unknown origin, perhaps short for vert grivet, literally "a green grivet," indicating it was greener than the kind of monkey known as a grivet (itself a name of unknown origin).
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