noun \bə-ˈsen-jē, -ˈzen-\

Definition of BASENJI

:  any of a breed of small curly-tailed dogs of African origin that do not bark

Origin of BASENJI

probably modification of Lingala mbwa na basenji, literally, dogs of the bushland people
First Known Use: 1937


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Basenji—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.

Ancient breed of hound native to central Africa, where it is used to point and retrieve and to drive quarry into a net. Known as the barkless dog, it produces a variety of sounds other than barks. Its finely wrinkled forehead, erect ears, and tightly curled tail give it a characteristic alert expression. It has a short, silky reddish brown, black, or black-and-tan coat and white feet, chest, and tail tip. It stands 16–17 in. (41–43 cm) high and weighs 22–24 lbs (10–11 kg). It is clean and gentle.


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