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bo·ni·to

 (bə-nē′tō)
n. pl. bonito or bo·ni·tos
Any of various marine food and game fishes of the family Scombridae and especially the genus Sarda, resembling a small tuna.

[Spanish, probably from bonito, pretty, diminutive of bueno, good, from Latin bonus, good; see deu- in Indo-European roots.]

bonito

(bəˈniːtəʊ)
n, pl -tos
1. (Animals) any of various small tunny-like marine food fishes of the genus Sarda, of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters: family Scombridae (tunnies and mackerels)
2. (Animals) any of various similar or related fishes, such as Katsuwonus pelamis (oceanic bonito), the flesh of which is dried and flaked and used in Japanese cookery
[C16: from Spanish bonito, from Latin bonus good]

bo•ni•to

(bəˈni toʊ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -to, (esp. for kinds or species) -tos.
1. any mackerellike fish of the genus Sarda.
2. any of several related species.
[1590–1600; < Sp < Arabic bainīth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bonito - flesh of mostly Pacific food fishes of the genus Sarda of the family Scombridaebonito - flesh of mostly Pacific food fishes of the genus Sarda of the family Scombridae; related to but smaller than tuna
bonito - any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas
tuna fish, tunny, tuna - important warm-water fatty fish of the genus Thunnus of the family Scombridae; usually served as steaks
2.bonito - fish whose flesh is dried and flaked for Japanese cookerybonito - fish whose flesh is dried and flaked for Japanese cookery; may be same species as skipjack tuna
scombroid, scombroid fish - important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
genus Katsuwonus, Katsuwonus - oceanic bonitos; in some classifications placed in its own family Katsuwonidae
3.bonito - any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas
scombroid, scombroid fish - important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
genus Sarda, Sarda - bonitos
Atlantic bonito, Sarda sarda, skipjack - medium-sized tuna-like food fish of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters; less valued than tuna
Chile bonito, Chilean bonito, Pacific bonito, Sarda chiliensis - common bonito of Pacific coast of the Americas; its dark oily flesh cans well
bonito - flesh of mostly Pacific food fishes of the genus Sarda of the family Scombridae; related to but smaller than tuna
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