Definition of grivet in English:



(also grivet monkey)
  • A common African guenon with greenish-brown upper parts and a black face.

    Compare with green monkey and vervet

    Cercopithecus aethiops, family Cercopithecidae, in particular the race C. a. aethiops of Ethiopia and Sudan, with long white cheek tufts

    ‘This small forest is rich in mammal species like the red-tailed and grivet monkeys, the dwarf bush baby, the Potto and the African and palm civets.’
    • ‘Green monkeys are also called vervets, tantalus, sabeus, and grivet monkeys.’
    • ‘The riverine forest has many colobus and grivet monkeys.’
    • ‘The fresco depicts monkeys that are strikingly similar in form and posture to members of the genus Cercopithecus, including green monkeys, vervets and grivets.’
    • ‘It was caused by infected African monkeys (grivets Cercopithecus aethiops) from Uganda used in developing polio vaccines.’



/ˈɡrivit/ /ˈɡrɪvɪt/


Mid 19th century from French, of unknown origin.