[ buh-nee-toh ]
/ bəˈni toʊ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) bo·ni·to, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bo·ni·tos.

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

1590–1600; < Spanish < Arabic bainīth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (bəˈniːtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

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 for bonito

C16: from Spanish bonito, from Latin bonus good
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