A dog of a breed originally from Africa, having a short, smooth, reddish-brown coat and characterized by the absence of a bark.
Any of an African breed of small dog that has a silky, reddish-brown coat and does not make a true barking sound.
Origin of basenji
- Of Bantu origin Tshiluba ba-senji inhabitants of the hinterland ba- pl. n. pref. -senji hinterland
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition