- any mackerellike fish of the genus Sarda, as S. sarda, of the Atlantic Ocean.
- any of several related species, as the skipjack, Euthynnus pelamis.
Origin of bonito
Examples from the Web for bonito
What is that white lady doing with that handful of ginseng roots and bonito flakes?How a New England Yankee Conquered China
July 14, 2009
The Dutch gunner appeared on the forecastle of the Bonito, and with him a couple of men.'Twixt Land & Sea
The bend was named by Beaman "Bonito," and in the morning he made a number of views.A Canyon Voyage
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
An oceanic fish, well-known as the bonito or horse-mackerel.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Come now, my good fellows, New Sestros is my flagship, as the Bonito is yours!Captain Canot
They had not long to wait before a bonito came gambolling by.The South Sea Whaler
- any of various small tunny-like marine food fishes of the genus Sarda, of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters: family Scombridae (tunnies and mackerels)
- 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
Word Origin and History for bonito
type of sea fish, 1590s, from Spanish bonito, probably literally "the good one," diminutive of bueno "good," from Latin bonus (see bene-).