Definition of bonito in English:


Line breaks: bo¦nito
Pronunciation: /bəˈniːtəʊ

noun (plural bonitos)

  • 1A small tuna with dark oblique stripes on the back, important as a food and game fish.
    • Sarda and related genera, family Scombridae: several species
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    • The family Scombridae, the mackerels, tunas, and bonitos, includes some of the world's most popular food and sport fishes.
    • Mackerel are members of the scombrid fish clade that includes tuna and bonitos and possess a forked tail.
    • What to buy: tinned and preserved foods like bonito tuna, white anchovies and anchovy olives.
  • 1.1 another term for skipjack ( sense 1).
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    • We have frozen ocean bonito for canning and smoking purposes.
    • I also had a few pieces of barely-cooked ocean bonito - a little too fishy for me.
    • Aku, ocean bonito, is perhaps the most delicious eating fish.


late 16th century: from Spanish.

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