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Any of several African monkeys of the genus Chlorocebus, having a black face with white cheek tufts, a yellowish-brown or greenish coat, and a long tail. Also called green monkey.

[French : vert, green (from Old French verd; see verdant) + (gri)vet, grivet (of unknown origin).]


(Animals) a variety of a South African guenon monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops, having dark hair on the hands and feet and a reddish patch beneath the tail. Compare green monkey, grivet
[C19: from French, from vert green, but influenced by grivet]


(ˈvɜr vɪt)

an African guenon, Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus.
[1880–85; < French, =ver(t) green (see vert) + (gri)vet grivet]
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Noun1.vervet - South African monkey with black face and handsvervet - South African monkey with black face and hands
guenon, guenon monkey - small slender African monkey having long hind limbs and tail and long hair around the face
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The extensive study collected data from 906 vervets that lived in the colony between 2000 and 2015.
Numerous anthropoid species such as baboons, patas monkeys, langurs, vervets, geladas, etc.
Her novel study of infant-touching etiquette in the vervets and mangabeys adds them to the short list of animals known to have "markets" for baby fondling: Moms must be groomed for a sufficient time before they let the groomer touch the baby.
Vervets are common throughout East Africa, found most often in savanna woodlands, and spend time in trees and on the ground.
BETA volunteers showed up en masse at the location on Tuesday in order to push for the release of the vervets, while simultaneously raising awareness on the fate of illegally trafficked wild animals and endangered species in the country.
The socioecology of adult female patas monkeys and vervets in Kenya.
In vervet monkeys, subordinate females can acquire leadership simply by living long enough to have more offspring, not only because such females have a small army of defenders, but also because it seems to be understood among vervets that a mother who has a large number of surviving young must be doing something right.
uk to choose one you'd like to adopt from around 40 vervets and baboons - all with their own story.
After giving 1000 monkeys all the booze they could handle - yes, I'm glad it wasn't my round - the Vervets divided into four distinct social groups.
When they're not trying to pick up a mate, vervets have an elaborate way of distinguishing between various threats, Marler said.
It's no wonder; seven out of ten vervets who survive their first year will later succumb to attack by leopards, eagles, pythons, or baboons.