• WordNet 3.6
    • n bonito any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas
    • n bonito fish whose flesh is dried and flaked for Japanese cookery; may be same species as skipjack tuna
    • n bonito flesh of mostly Pacific food fishes of the genus Sarda of the family Scombridae; related to but smaller than tuna
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bonito A large tropical fish (Orcynus pelamys) allied to the tunny. It is about three feet long, blue above, with four brown stripes on the sides. It is sometimes found on the American coast.
    • Bonito any of a variety of scombroid fishes of the genera Sarda or Euthynnus, with a size intermediate between those of the smaller mackerels and the tunas. It is applied especially to the skipjack tuna Euthynnus pelamis, syn. Katsuwonus pelamis, formerly Sarda Mediterranea, also called skipjack) of the Atlantic, an important and abundant food fish on the coast of the United States, and (Sarda Chilensis) of the Pacific, and other related species. These are large and active fishes, of a blue color above and silver below, with black oblique stripes.
    • Bonito The cobia or crab eater (Elacate canada), an edible fish of the Middle and Southern United States.
    • Bonito The medregal (Seriola fasciata), an edible fish of the southern of the United States and the West Indies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bonito A name applied primarily to pelagic fishes of the family Scombridæ, of a robust fusiform shape, and secondarily to others supposed to resemble them or be related to them. A scombrid, Euthynnus pelamys, having a bluish back and 4 longitudinal brownish bands on the belly. It is an inhabitant of the warmer parts of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
    • n bonito In Australia, the oceanic bonito, Gymnosarda pelamis.
    • bonito Pretty; nice; fine; graceful: an epithet in use in Spanish-speaking countries or regions originally settled by Spaniards.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bonito bo-nēto a name given to several fishes of the mackerel family—the Stripe-bellied Tunny of the tropical parts of the Atlantic and Pacific; the Mediterranean Bonito; the Plain Bonito.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. & Pg. bonito, fr. Ar. bainīt, and bainīth,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

We saw some bonitoes in chase of a large shoal.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
They had not long to wait before a bonito came gambolling by.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
I remember an interesting rencounter of this sort with the officers of the brig of war Bonito.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
It isn't a bonito, for it's too big, but just as bright in its colours.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Now, there was a market up this winding Bonito valley, at Lincoln and Fort Stanton.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
They rise to escape their pursuers, the bonitos, which rush after them, showing their noses above the water now and then.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
A combination of commercial interests was the result, however, of the marriage of Bonito and Felicidad.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
They gave me a yam and a piece of bonito, and as I ate men sprang on me from behind and tied me up hand and foot.
"Pâkia" by Louis Becke
An oceanic fish, well-known as the bonito or horse-mackerel.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Most of the corvinas and bonitos are carried to market.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
There are valuable fisheries of tunny, mullet and bonito.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The bonito is like a large horse mackerel, and is fished for in the same manner as the albicore.
"Fishing in British Columbia" by Thomas Wilson Lambert
Bonito and porpoise played about the bows.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
He proved an excellent fisherman, and caught bonito over the ship's side.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Canoes on the old Carib pattern were slipping along outside, trailing lines for kingfish and bonitos.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
As Chiquita arranged herself on the back of "Bonito" she looked wistfully at the sky and surrounding peaks.
"Chiquita, an American Novel" by Merrill Tileston
The batteries at Lobos and Bonito are ordered to open fire.
"Harper's Round Table, October 29, 1895" by Various
The Bonito is in habits similar to the blue-fish.
"Fast Nine" by Alan Douglas
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.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
The bonito is a pelagic fish, approaching the shores in search of food, which consists of small fishes almost entirely.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall

In news:

Alto Bonito Teen fires at suspected home intruders with AK47.
Suspected intruders held on $1M dollar bond following shootout in Alto Bonito .
The secret to cooking dark-fleshed bonito is just pretend it's steak.
For this Japanese-Jewish mashup, chef-owner Jonathan Sawyer makes a chicken dashi — made like traditional Japanese dashi broth, but with poached chicken instead of bonito flakes.
Today's Menu #11 Mustard-flavored Bonito Saute .
Sprinkle salt and pepper on the bonito and leave it for 10-20 minutes.
Pays to be quick to "reload" when bull reds or fall bonito are on a tear.
With the Bonito Lake recreation area unsuitable for public use because of the damage from the Little Bear Fire in June, Ruidoso officials are looking alternate sites for tourists.
Alto Bonito Shooting Suspect Arrested.
This August 2012 photo shows Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, in northwestern New Mexico.
Garcias Camp 4 miles north of HWY 83 from Alto Bonito TX.
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa.
Courtesy of Pueblo Bonito Pacifica.
Tomates Rellenos con Bonito y Alcachofas (Stuffed Tomatoes with.
We baited the hooks with pieces of bonito and ballyhoo and dropped the knocker rigs to the bottom.