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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for basenji



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

Word Origin for basenji

C20: from a Bantu language
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