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 Dania Beach Vervet Project, a nonprofit organization, is negotiating with Hertz Corp. to lease 3.75 acres next to a rental car facility to house 17 of the 45 or so African vervet monkeys in the group. David Fleshler,, 26 Oct. 2021 Other animals, like vervet monkeys and meerkats, demonstrate this sense as well. Sherry Liang, CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 The vervet monkey colony next to Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport was confirmed to have originated with a 1948 escape from a chimpanzee farm. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Now that the mystery of how the vervet monkeys ended up in Dania Beach is solved, the future of the playful primates is still up in the air. Scott Luxor,, 16 July 2021 Tao, a vervet monkey; and a trio of yellow baboons named Fox, Pretzel and Mwayi. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 Young vervet monkeys are sometimes sold on the exotic animal market while adults are kept for breeding, Williams said. Chris Perkins,, 1 Oct. 2020 One vervet from Dania was trapped by poachers last summer and one female disappeared in November. Chris Perkins,, 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, 10 Aug. 2020

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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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8 Jan 2022

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“Vervet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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