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basenji

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noun ba·sen·ji \bə-ˈsen-jē, -ˈzen-\

Definition of basenji

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



Origin and Etymology of basenji

probably modification of Lingala mbwa na basenji, literally, dogs of the bushland people


First Known Use: 1937


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