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basenji Line breaks: ba|senji
Pronunciation: /bəˈsɛndʒi/

Definition of basenji in English:

noun (plural basenjis)

A smallish hunting dog of a central African breed, which growls and yelps but does not bark.
Example sentences
  • Landreth had been involved for years with basenjis, the barkless breed that originated in Africa, and was an active supporter of their rescue efforts.
  • There was a cocker spaniel, a Labrador, a Dalmatian, a Jack Russell, a husky, a golden retriever, a beagle, a poodle, three kinds of setters, a basset hound, a Great Dane, several different terriers, a basenji, a St. Bernard, and a mutt.
  • As Paul studies for his Series 7 exam, Kimberly massages the gums of a basenji, and a former tech writer whips something other than hyperbolic verbiage into submission, I find myself feeling strangely hopeful.


1930s: a local word.

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