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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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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1758, in the meaning defined above

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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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