EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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;
) green (see
) + (
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Examples from the Web for vervet Historical Examples of vervet British Dictionary definitions for vervet noun a variety of a South African guenon monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops, having dark hair on the hands and feet and a reddish patch beneath the tail Compare green monkey, grivet Word Origin for vervet
C19: from French, from
vert green, but influenced by grivet
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Word Origin and History for vervet n.
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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