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

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


(Breeds) a small smooth-haired breed of dog of African origin having a tightly curled tail and an inability to bark
[C20: from a Bantu language]


(bəˈsɛn dʒi)

n., pl. -jis.
one of an African breed of dogs with a smooth chestnut coat and a curled tail, noted for their inability to bark.
[1930–35; said to be < Lingala basenji, pl. of mosenji native]
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Noun1.basenji - small smooth-haired breed of African origin having a tightly curled tail and the inability to barkbasenji - small smooth-haired breed of African origin having a tightly curled tail and the inability to bark
Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog - a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds; "the dog barked all night"
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It is a congenital anomaly, inherited and manifested in some breeds of dogs, such as the Basenji (ROBERTS & BISTNER, 1968; GRAHN & CULLEN, 2004; MITCHELL, 2011).
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