One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘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.
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