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bonito

[ buh-nee-toh ]

noun

, plural (especially collectively) bo·ni·to, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bo·ni·tos.
  1. any mackerel-like fish of the genus Sarda, as S. sarda, of the Atlantic Ocean.
  2. any of several related species, as the skipjack, Euthynnus pelamis.


bonito

/ bəˈniːtəʊ /

noun

  1. 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. 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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bonito1

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Spanish: literally, “pretty,” equivalent to bueno “good” + -ito diminutive suffix, or from Arabic bainīth

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bonito1

C16: from Spanish bonito , from Latin bonus good

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Example Sentences

Yes, yes, we all know that they call it the jogo bonito in Brazil, the beautiful game.

Pele, by the way, is often given credit for coining the phrase O Jogo Bonito—the Beautiful Game.

What is that white lady doing with that handful of ginseng roots and bonito flakes?

The bonito and albicore chase it day and night; but the dolphin is its worst and swiftest foe.

This fish is called bonito by many of the Catalina anglers, which is a misnomer, as it is a much slimmer fish than the bonito.

On the northern cape of the Gate, Point Bonito, are three 16-inch rifles mounted in a similar way.

Was it true that a new schoolhouse was going to be built on Bonito?

They applaud with cries of “bonito”; they ask questions, and the house is never still for a single instant.

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