[ vur-vit ]
/ ˈvɜr vɪt /


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

1880–85; <French, equivalent to ver(t) green (see vert) + (gri)vetgrivet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for vervet

/ (ˈvɜːvɪt) /


a variety of a South African guenon monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops, having dark hair on the hands and feet and a reddish patch beneath the tailCompare green monkey, grivet

Word Origin for vervet

C19: from French, from vert green, but influenced by grivet
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