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noun (pl) -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
Japanese bentō box lunch
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Contemporary definitions for bento box

a partitioned lacquered or decorated box made of wood or other material in which a meal consisting of various types of Asian food (bento) is served; also called obento

Word Origin

late 20th c; Jap

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