Definition of vervet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvəːvɪt/
(also vervet monkey)


A common African guenon with greenish-brown upper parts and a black face. Compare with green monkey, grivet.
  • Cercopithecus aethiops, family Cercopithecidae, in particular the race C. a. pygerythrus of southern and eastern Africa
Example sentences
  • Among the monkeys species found in East Africa are the blue or syke monkey, the vervet monkey and the colobus monkey.
  • A free-ranging vervet monkey, baboon, or macaque recognizes other members of his group as individuals.
  • Humans, apparently just like vervets, can't resist observing, memorizing, and uttering distinctions.


Late 19th century: from French, of unknown origin.

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