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bento

[ben-toh; Japanese ben-taw] /ˈbɛn toʊ; Japanese ˈbɛn tɔ/
noun, plural bentos; Japanese, bento. Japanese Cookery.
1.
a meal, usually served in a lacquered or elaborately decorated box that is divided into sections for holding individual portions of food.
Also called obento.
Origin
< 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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bento

/ˈbɛntəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
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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