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  1. 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.
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Origin of vervet

1880–85; < French, equivalent to ver(t) green (see vert) + (gri)vet grivet
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Historical Examples of vervet

  • The Green monkey and the Vervet monkey are those most commonly seen in England.

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British Dictionary definitions for vervet


  1. 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
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Word Origin for vervet

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