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.

1930–35; said to be < Lingala basenji, plural of mosenji native, inhabitant of the hinterland (or < a cognate Bantu word) Unabridged
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basenji (bəˈsɛndʒɪ)
a small smooth-haired breed of dog of African origin having a tightly curled tail and an inability to bark
[C20: from a Bantu language]

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The basenji is a breed of hunting dog that originated in central africa.
This trait also gives the basenji the nickname voiceless dog.
The basenji is an athletic dog and is deceptively powerful for its size.
The basenji is featured prominently, with several photos and video shots.
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