green monkey


Definition of green monkey

: a long-tailed monkey of any of several African subspecies of a guenon (Cercopithecus aethiops synonym Chloroebus aethiops) having greenish-appearing hair and often used in medical research

called also vervet

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green monkey or vervet

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Recent Examples on the Web How did an African green monkey that died in 1962 get involved in the biggest research debacle of this pandemic? Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, "Scientists May Be Using the Wrong Cells to Study Covid-19," 6 Aug. 2020 In African green monkey cells that had been infected with the SARS coronavirus, an organic nitric oxide compound cut the virus’s ability to replicate in half. Los Angeles Times, "How a discovery that brought us Viagra could help those battling the coronavirus," 5 Apr. 2020 Yet others are racing to infect macaques, marmosets, and African green monkeys. Eric Boodman, STAT, "From ferrets to mice and marmosets, labs scramble to find right animals for coronavirus studies," 5 Mar. 2020 The alarm call vervet monkeys use to warn of martial eagles is nearly identical to the call green monkeys use to warn of drones. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019 At Thebes, in the tomb of the Valley of the Kings, He was depicted in a hieroglyph, his forelegs gently tethered By two slaves with a green monkey clinging to his neck like a child Just along for the ride. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Giraffe," 14 Mar. 2018 Jakob Segal, an East German biologist who promoted the Soviet campaign, seized on growing doubts from a theory that the virus had jumped from African green monkeys to humans. Linda Qiu, New York Times, "Fingerprints of Russian Disinformation: From AIDS to Fake News," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of green monkey

1758, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of green monkey was in 1758

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“Green monkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of green monkey

: a long-tailed African monkey of the genus Cercopithecus (C. aethiops) that has greenish-appearing hair and is often used in medical research

called also vervet monkey

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