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A vervet (Chlorocebus aethiops) of northeast Africa.

[French, of unknown origin.]
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(Animals) an E African variety of a common guenon monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops, having long white tufts of hair on either side of the face. Compare green monkey, vervet
[C19: from French, of unknown origin]
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(ˈgrɪv ɪt)

an Ethiopian guenon, Cercopithecus aethiops, with a gray body and black face.
[1855–60; orig. uncertain]
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Noun1.grivet - white and olive green East African monkey with long white tufts of hair beside the facegrivet - white and olive green East African monkey with long white tufts of hair beside the face
guenon, guenon monkey - small slender African monkey having long hind limbs and tail and long hair around the face
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Chlorocebus aethiops, formerly known as Cercopithecus aethiops, is commonly referred to as the African green monkey, vervet, tantulus, savannah, or the grivet monkey. Over the past three decades, the vervet monkey, Chlorocebus aethiops, has been constantly used in biomedical research as an animal model for human-related problems such as in virology and reproductive studies (Kushner et al., 1982).
Sexual transmission of SIVagm in wild grivet monkeys. J Med Primatol 1994;23:1-7.