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 first cases were identified in European laboratory workers who were handling African green monkeys imported from Uganda. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 7 Apr. 2023 Infected green monkeys from Uganda were shipped to Germany and (then) Yugoslavia. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 The 31 cases that occurred were among lab workers exposed to African green monkeys from Uganda or their tissue, and members of the workers’ families. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 16 Feb. 2023 The Marburg virus, which originates in fruit bats, was first detected in 1967 among people who had been exposed to African green monkeys. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 14 Feb. 2023 There was a girl with a green monkey. Andrew Goldman, Vulture, 9 Dec. 2021 In 1967 scientists became ill after working with African green monkey tissue; the African fruit bat is the host. Alberto Lucas LÓpez, National Geographic, 17 June 2021 One of the most common mammalian cell lines used in virology research, Vero cells ultimately come from African green monkey kidney cells developed in 1962. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2019 The little green monkey hung out near the punch bowl, his tail curled up in gratitude. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 1 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition

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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