[ griv-it ]
/ ˈgrɪv ɪt /


a small Abyssinian monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops, with a grayish back, gray tail, black face, and dark extremities.

Origin of grivet

First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grivet


/ (ˈɡrɪvɪt) /


an E African variety of a common guenon monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops, having long white tufts of hair on either side of the faceCompare green monkey, vervet

Word Origin for grivet

C19: from French, of unknown origin
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