bonito

noun
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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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, latimes.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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, SI.com, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018 On the way to the bun, that crust receives one last blast of umami from a brush of tare — a mixture of kombu seaweed, bonito flakes, scallions, ginger, black pepper, garlic, tamari and brown sugar. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Tarpon, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bonito, sharks, jacks and big ladyfish all are possible. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fishing forecast: June 22, 2018," 22 June 2018 Although Brazil does not always practise o jogo bonito (the beautiful game), Latin American teams are more likely than their European rivals to turn football into an art form. The Economist, "Latin America searches for redemption on the football pitch," 21 June 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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