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vervet

[vur-vit] /ˈvɜr vɪt/
noun
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.
Origin of vervet
1880-1885
1880-85; < French, equivalent to ver(t) green (see vert) + (gri)vet grivet
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vervet

/ˈvɜːvɪt/
noun
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 tail Compare green monkey, grivet
Word Origin
C19: from French, from vert green, but influenced by grivet
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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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