bo·​ni·​to | \bə-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō, -ˈnē-tə\
plural bonitos or bonito

Definition of bonito 

: any of several scombroid fishes (especially genera Sarda and Euthynnus) intermediate between the smaller mackerels and the larger tunas

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Place about a tablespoon of bonito flakes in the middle. Leora Y. Bloom, The Seattle Times, "Yuta Sugimoto introduces diners to lesser-known Japanese dishes," 16 Oct. 2018 Agua Chile surprised with tender strips of beef cured in seaweed and suspended beneath a thin layer of acidic tomatillo water, with fresh raw serranos and little kisses of bonito mayo. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 The seasonal food menu will have items like a raviolo with duck egg, potato, seaweed, sesame seed and pasta; a monkfish dish with kohlrabi, green apple, barley and bonito; and a chocolate mousse with brown butter, cocoa nibs and milk. Grace Wong,, "Tied House opening Monday next door to Schubas," 23 Feb. 2018 Joga bonito: The unofficial catchphrase of the Brazilian national team. Daniel Gendler, New York Times, "How to Talk About the World Cup and Sound Reasonably Smart," 14 June 2018 Try the house ramen, which includes whole wheat noodles, bonito, kombu, scallop, pork, egg, seaweed and green onions. Christopher Reynolds,, "Grab an apple and enter the Fillmore, San Francisco’s cradle of psychedelia that continues to rock," 3 May 2018 King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, jacks, bonito, ladyfish, sharks and a few cobia could be in the mix. Mark Blythe,, "Fishing forecast: June 16, 2018," 16 June 2018 Troll or drift with pogies for tarpon, snook, redfish, jacks, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and bonito are all possible. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 15," 14 July 2018 Why was the continent that had produced Pelé and Messi, Uruguay’s garra charrúa and Brazil’s joga bonito—and which as recently as 2002 had won more World Cups than Europe—now struggling to contend at the very highest level? Brian Straus,, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of bonito

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonito

Spanish, from bonito pretty, diminutive of bueno good, from Latin bonus

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