vervet
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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