Definition of vervet in English:

vervet

(also vervet monkey)

Pronunciation /ˈvərvət/

noun

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

    Cercopithecus aethiops, family Cercopithecidae, in particular the race C. a. pygerythrus of southern and eastern Africa

    ‘Among the monkeys species found in East Africa are the blue or syke monkey, the vervet monkey and the colobus monkey.’
    Compare with green monkey, grivet
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fairbanks has found similar results in a study of impulsivity in female vervets, not yet published.’
    • ‘What is true of vervets is almost certainly true of us.’
    • ‘And the vervet monkey, Larry, they're in troops of 50 to 100 to 200.’
    • ‘A great many of us are familiar with the baboon and vervet monkey.’
    • ‘Florida teems with other non-native species - from African monitor lizards to vervet monkeys.’
    • ‘Tsavo West is filled with crocodiles, vervet monkeys, antelope, baboons, giraffes and hippos.’
    • ‘This Forrest is home to baboons and vervet monkeys.’
    • ‘Look out, too, for vervet monkeys, baboons - and giant tortoises.’
    • ‘That research, involving vervet monkeys, linked abnormal serotonin activity to poor impulse control and aggression in the monkeys.’
    • ‘They were studying vervet monkeys living freely in their natural state in Amboseli National Park in Kenya.’
    • ‘What motives drive the leader of a group of vervet monkeys to take risks on behalf of all, especially since he joined them from another tribe?’
    • ‘Among baby vervet monkeys, the males even prefer to play with trucks and the females with other kinds of toys!’
    • ‘One can observe these reactions in vervet monkeys, which give a different alarm call for each class.’

Origin

Late 19th century from French, of unknown origin.