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bonito

[buh-nee-toh] /bəˈni toʊ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) bonito (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bonitos.
1.
any mackerellike fish of the genus Sarda, as S. sarda, of the Atlantic Ocean.
2.
any of several related species, as the skipjack, Euthynnus pelamis.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Spanish < Arabic bainīth
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  • Whenever possible, the bonito shark takes its food in one gulp.
  • Dashi is a brilliant concoction based on kelp, a seaweed and dried bonito flakes.
  • Sprinkle tofu with grated ginger, chopped green onion and bonito flakes.
British Dictionary definitions for bonito

bonito

/bəˈniːtəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos
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
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish bonito, from Latin bonus good
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Word Origin and History for bonito
n.

type of sea fish, 1590s, from Spanish bonito, probably literally "the good one," diminutive of bueno "good," from Latin bonus (see bene-).

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