A small, long-tailed African monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) having a black face with white cheek tufts and a yellowish-brown or greenish coat. Several subspecies of vervets have been recognized within a large range including most of sub-Saharan Africa. Also called green monkey, grivet.
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