Definition of bonito in English:

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bonito

Pronunciation: /bəˈnēdō/

noun (plural bonitos)

1A smaller relative of the tunas, with dark oblique stripes on the back and important as a food and game fish.
  • Sarda and related genera, family Scombridae: several species.
Example sentences
  • 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 (also ocean bonito) another term for skipjack (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Spanish.

Words that rhyme with bonito

Benito, burrito, coquito, graffito, Hirohito, incognito, Ito, magneto, Miskito, mosquito, Quito, Tito, veto

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bo·ni·to

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