vervet (n.) African monkey, 1884, from French, of unknown origin, perhaps short for vert grivet, lit. "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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  • Vervet — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Callitriche (homonymie) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • vervet — ● vervet nom masculin Synonyme de grivet. ● vervet (synonymes) nom masculin Synonymes : grivet …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Vervet — Ver vet, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A South African monkey ({Cercopithecus pygerythrus} syn. {Cercopithecus Lelandii}). The upper parts are grayish green, finely specked with black. The cheeks and belly are reddish white. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vervet — Vervet, s.u. Meerkatzen C) e) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • vervet — [vʉr′vit] n. [Fr < ? vert, green + grivet,GRIVET] a small guenon monkey (Cercopithecus pygerythrus) found in E and S Africa …   English World dictionary

  • vervet — noun Etymology: French vervet Date: 1893 green monkey …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vervet — /verr vit/, n. 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; < F, equiv. to ver(t) green (see VERT) + (gri)vet GRIVET] * * * …   Universalium

  • vervet — noun A small African monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops or Chlorocebus pygerythrus, having a long tail, a black face with white cheek tufts and a greenish brown coat Syn: green monkey, grivet …   Wiktionary

  • vervet — ver·vet …   English syllables

  • vervet — ver•vet [[t]ˈvɜr vɪt[/t]] n. mam an African guenon Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus[/ex] • Etymology: 1880–85; < F, =ver(t) green (see vert) +(gri)vet grivet …   From formal English to slang

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