[ 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)vet grivet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper