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vervet (n.)

South African monkey, 1884, from French (Cuvier), of unknown origin, perhaps short for vert grivet, literally "a green grivet," indicating it was greener than the kind of monkey known as a grivet (itself a name of unknown origin). "Vervets are among the monkeys carried about by organ-grinders" [Century Dictionary].

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Definitions of vervet from WordNet

vervet (n.)
South African monkey with black face and hands;
Synonyms: vervet monkey / Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus
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