One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A smallish hunting dog of a central African breed, which growls and yelps but does not bark.
- ‘Because I wanted a basenji puppy, been thinking of getting one for about four months.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Joanne Mariner is a FindLaw columnist who learned a lot about animal rights from a basenji named Punk.’
- ‘Landreth had been involved for years with basenjis, the barkless breed that originated in Africa, and was an active supporter of their rescue efforts.’
- ‘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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