[ buh-sen-jee ]

  1. one of an African breed of dogs having a chestnut coat with white points and a curled tail, characterized chiefly by their inability to bark.

Origin of Basenji

1930–35; said to be <Lingala basenji, plural of mosenji native, inhabitant of the hinterland (or < a cognate Bantu word)

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British Dictionary definitions for basenji


/ (bəˈsɛndʒɪ) /

  1. a small smooth-haired breed of dog of African origin having a tightly curled tail and an inability to bark

Origin of basenji

C20: from a Bantu language

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