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[buh-sen-jee] /bəˈsɛn dʒi/
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
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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.
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
C20: from a Bantu language
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