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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This Cold Lobster Pasta Salad Sounds Like a Nightmare But Tastes Like a Dream," 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, "In the Mood for Turkish Food," 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, "Friday Fishing Report: Plenty of good fishing during holidays," 20 Dec. 2019 Macario’s joga bonito, her beautiful game, has Brazilian lineage. Ann Killion,, "Stanford’s Macario, generational soccer talent from Brazil, has U.S. dreams," 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, "Turkey and mashed potatoes galore. So what do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?," 27 Nov. 2019 Most recipes rely on dashi, a rich broth commonly made from bonito flakes or sea kelp. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 2019 Then add the kombu, bonito and shiitake mushroom, turkey carcass and water. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Turkey and mashed potatoes galore. So what do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?," 27 Nov. 2019 Aonori, bright green seaweed with a vegetal briny flavor, and bonito flakes dancing from the rising heat add the final finish, said Virant. Louisa Chu,, "Gaijin, new Japanese-inspired West Loop restaurant by chef Paul Virant, is a love letter to his wife," 18 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 11 Jul. 2020.

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