Definition of green monkey in English:

green monkey

Pronunciation /ɡrēn ˈməNGkē/ /ɡrin ˈməŋki/


  • A common African guenon with greenish-brown upper parts and a black face.

    Compare with grivet and vervet

    Cercopithecus aethiops, family Cercopithecidae, in particular the race C. a. sabaeus of West Africa, which is often tamed

    ‘Savanna monkeys, or African green monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops or Chlorocebus aethiops), are the most widely distributed nonhuman primates in Africa.’
    • ‘Genetic tests indicate that the viruses came from chimpanzees, baboons, and an African green monkey.’
    • ‘Researchers tested their SARS vaccine on four African green monkeys, with another four in the control group.’
    • ‘The virus appeared to have come from a set of green monkeys that had been captured in Uganda and sent to Europe for laboratory use.’
    • ‘This remnant of the island's original canopy of rainforest is home to a large population of green monkeys which come and go as they please.’