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

Examples of green monkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The little green monkey hung out near the punch bowl, his tail curled up in gratitude. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 This species is commonly referred to as a green monkey because of the color of its fur. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 21 May 2021 But there were also novel suspects that popped up through the team’s analysis, including the African green monkey and the lesser Asiatic yellow bat. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2021 How did an African green monkey that died in 1962 get involved in the biggest research debacle of this pandemic? Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, 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, 5 Apr. 2020 Yet others are racing to infect macaques, marmosets, and African green monkeys. Eric Boodman, STAT, 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, 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, 14 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of green monkey

1758, in the meaning defined above

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“Green monkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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