Definition of grivet in English:


(also grivet monkey)


  • A common African guenon with greenish-brown upper parts and a black face.

    Cercopithecus aethiops, family Cercopithecidae, in particular the race C. a. aethiops of Ethiopia and Sudan, with long white cheek tufts

    Compare with green monkey and vervet
    • ‘This small forest is rich in mammal species like the red-tailed and grivet monkeys, the dwarf bush baby, the Potto and the African and palm civets.’
    • ‘The riverine forest has many colobus and grivet monkeys.’
    • ‘It was caused by infected African monkeys (grivets Cercopithecus aethiops) from Uganda used in developing polio vaccines.’
    • ‘Green monkeys are also called vervets, tantalus, sabeus, and grivet monkeys.’
    • ‘The fresco depicts monkeys that are strikingly similar in form and posture to members of the genus Cercopithecus, including green monkeys, vervets and grivets.’


Mid 19th century: from French, of unknown origin.