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bento

[ ben-toh; Japanese ben-taw ]
/ ˈbɛn toʊ; Japanese ˈbɛn tɔ /
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noun, plural ben·tos; Japanese ben·to.Japanese Cooking.
a meal, usually served in a lacquered or elaborately decorated box that is divided into sections for holding individual portions of food.
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Also called obento.

Origin of bento

<Japanese bentō, probably <Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bān manage, provide + dāng apply, i.e., provision for an eat-out meal
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British Dictionary definitions for bento

bento

bento box

/ (ˈbɛntəʊ) /

noun plural -tos
a thin box, made of plastic or lacquered wood, divided into compartments which contain small separate dishes comprising a Japanese meal, esp lunch

Word Origin for bento

Japanese bentō box lunch
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