vervet

noun
ver·​vet | \ ˈvər-vət How to pronounce vervet (audio) \

Definition of vervet

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Illustration of vervet

green monkey or vervet

Examples of vervet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Young vervet monkeys are sometimes sold on the exotic animal market while adults are kept for breeding, Williams said. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "A one-armed monkey and her baby are missing from their South Florida colony, and foul play is suspected," 1 Oct. 2020 One vervet from Dania was trapped by poachers last summer and one female disappeared in November. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "A one-armed monkey and her baby are missing from their South Florida colony, and foul play is suspected," 1 Oct. 2020 To do so, Herzog focused on a troop of 25 vervet monkeys that roamed freely in South Africa’s Loskop Dam Nature Reserve. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, "Monkeys’ Attraction to Burned Grasslands May Offer Clues to Human Ancestors’ Mastery of Fire," 10 Aug. 2020 That's what those yellow dots (aka SARS-CoV-2) are doing in this 30,000X magnification of vervet monkey cells. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "How the Coronavirus Got Its Close-Up, Thanks to Electrons," 19 May 2020 African vervet monkeys, for example, have three main predators: leopards, snakes and eagles. Frank T. Mcandrew, The Conversation, "Why we love big, blood-curdling screams," 28 Oct. 2019 For this reason, vervets have evolved a pattern of distinct screams that not only act as a warning but also reveal the type of predator in their midst. Frank T. Mcandrew, The Conversation, "Why we love big, blood-curdling screams," 28 Oct. 2019 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 Be warned, vervet monkeys and baboons abound and unlike Simba’s mandrill friend, Rafiki (which means friend in Swahili), these monkeys are more likely to steal your food than offer sage advice. National Geographic, "Visit the African park that inspired “The Lion King”," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of vervet

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vervet

French vervet

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“Vervet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vervet. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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