Definition of basenji
: any of a breed of small curly-tailed dogs of African origin that do not bark
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One of an ancient breed of hound native to central Africa, the basenji 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.
Origin and Etymology of basenji
probably modification of Lingala mbwa na basenji, literally, dogs of the bushland people
First Known Use: 1937See Words from the same year
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