Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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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  • noun 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    NaBloPoMo: Basenji Odyssey

  • 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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  • 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.

    NaBloPoMo: Basenji Odyssey

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

    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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  • 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 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.

    Archive 2009-11-01

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  • Basenji dogs yodel.

    February 13, 2008

  • a barkless dog

    December 14, 2009