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[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.
1880-85; < French, equivalent to ver(t) green (see vert) + (gri)vet grivet Unabridged
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  • After a time a troop of vervet monkeys came out of the surrounding rain forest to cavort by the hotel's entrance.
  • On the way you may see vervet monkeys and innumerable tropical birds and butterflies.
  • Screeching vervet monkeys often spotted her far from the den.
  • Among the trees of the cloud forest are a variety of rare birds, as well as green vervet monkeys.
  • vervet monkeys respond to the alarm calls of superb starlings, while mongooses are well-versed in hornbill calls.
British Dictionary definitions for vervet


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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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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