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

Illustration of vervet

Illustration of vervet
  • green monkey or vervet

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Experts from other destinations who have dealt with vervet monkeys are pushing back against the decision and suggesting a more measured, compassionate approach, such as neutering and sterilizing the troop to halt its growth. Will Mcgough, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2023 Frogs and small lizards make ideal foods for such diminutive primates and are also enjoyed by squirrel monkeys, blue monkeys and all the Old World Cercopithecines — vervet monkeys, macaques and mandrills. Jesse Hawley, Discover Magazine, 15 June 2021 The decades-old colony of vervet monkeys in Dania Beach has a new landlord and the preservationists who are their guardians are hoping for a long-term lease. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 22 June 2022 Construction began Monday on a sanctuary for the vervet monkeys of Dania Beach, a wild colony whose ancestors escaped from a breeding farm in the 1940s. David Fleshler,, 7 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


French vervet

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vervet was in 1893

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“Vervet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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