Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dog of a breed originally from Africa, having a short, smooth, reddish-brown coat and characterized by the absence of a bark.

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  • n. small smooth-haired breed of African origin having a tightly curled tail and the inability to bark

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Of Bantu origin; akin to Tshiluba ba-senji, inhabitants of the hinterland : ba-, pl. n. pref. + -senji, hinterland.

Examples

  • Paul Robinson Paul Robinson drove nine hours over the Alps to retrieve Pen, a 2.5 - year-old red-and-white basenji, who was stranded at Frankfurt airport.

    Stranded in Transit, These Travelers Howl, Hiss and Whinny

  • Mr. Robinson's statuesque red-and-white basenji pup was holed up in the Animal Lounge of Germany's Frankfurt Airport.

    Stranded in Transit, These Travelers Howl, Hiss and Whinny

  • My wife had no intention of referring to our new basenji as "Forever Amber", though, so the puppy was given the name Kleopatra Selene, after the daughter of the Queen of Egypt.

    NaBloPoMo: Basenji Odyssey

  • She went looking online for the perfect breed of dog, and she finally decided that we had to get a basenji, because, in addition to being clean and rather on the small side, basenjis didn't bark.

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  • She had begun looking online for another basenji to adopt, when we suddenly heard from the director of the New York State chapter of Basenji Rescue and Transport, aka BRAT, the national basenji breed rescue organization.

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  • I was away at work when my wife finally realized that Zane was actually the tricolor basenji and Zoie was the red-and-white.

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  • Our search for a basenji puppy led us here and there, and finally brought us to North Attleboro, Massachusetts, the location of Eldorado Basenjis, one of the top basenji breeders in New England.

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  • Just look what the queens did with the barkless basenji.

    What effect will the Supreme Court's gun case have on the '08 election?

  • That will all depend on whether Williams is just saving his energy for another time, whether he's genuinely changing his approach or if, as it might appear, Williams has discovered his inner basenji.

    Williams discovers his inner basenji with Harper

  • The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Williams discovers his inner basenji with Harper skip to main

    Williams discovers his inner basenji with Harper

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  • a barkless dog

    December 14, 2009

  • Basenji dogs yodel.

    February 13, 2008