bo·​ni·​to | \ bə-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce bonito (audio) , -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

Examples of bonito in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fortunately, Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle had some of the big bonito and everything clicked into place. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, 19 Mar. 2021 The Cantabrian cannery Don Bocarte may be known for its anchovies, but its bonito del norte (white albacore) is the real sleeper hit. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2020 Bulgogi beef with okonomiyaki toppings like Kewpie mayonnaise and shaved bonito flakes. Tara Duggan,, 14 Dec. 2020 The lobster mac arrived cold and in an elegant glass bowl, with billowy bonito flakes and thin strips of crispy nori waving me in. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, 6 Mar. 2020 Izmir markets are especially lively and dazzling, with the freshest fish straight from the sea: Silvery, glistening anchovies were in season, along with shimmering fat bonito. David Tanis, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2019 Water temperatures on the beach went from 70 at the beginning of December to about 64 now, cold enough to push all the remaining bait schools south and taking most of the kings, Spanish, bonito and other nearshore pelagics with them. Frank Sargeant, al, 20 Dec. 2019 Macario’s joga bonito, her beautiful game, has Brazilian lineage. Ann Killion,, 27 Nov. 2019 There are certain ingredients in this recipe that can only be found in your local Asian grocery store like katsuobushi/bonito (dried, fermented and smoked skipjack tuna), dried shiitake mushrooms, kombu (dried kelp) and ramen noodles. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bonito

1541, 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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“Bonito.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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