Definition of Bonito

1. Noun. Flesh of mostly Pacific food fishes of the genus Sarda of the family Scombridae; related to but smaller than tuna.

Generic synonyms: Tuna, Tuna Fish, Tunny

2. Noun. Fish whose flesh is dried and flaked for Japanese cookery; may be same species as skipjack tuna.
Exact synonyms: Katsuwonus Pelamis, Oceanic Bonito
Generic synonyms: Scombroid, Scombroid Fish
Group relationships: Genus Katsuwonus, Katsuwonus

3. Noun. Any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas.

Definition of Bonito

1. n. 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.

Definition of Bonito

1. Noun. Any of various marine fish of the genus ''Sarda'', that are related to and resemble the tuna. ¹

2. Noun. A large tropical fish, the skipjack, allied to the tunny, ''Katsuwonus pelamis'' or ''Orcynus pelamys''. ¹

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Definition of Bonito

1. a marine food fish [n -TOS or -TOES]

Medical Definition of Bonito

1. Origin: Sp. & Pg. Bonito, fr. Ar. Bainit and bainith. 1. 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. 2. The skipjack (Sarda Mediterranea) of the Atlantic, an important and abundant food fish on the coast of the United States, and (S. Chilensis) of the Pacific, and other related species. They are large and active fishes, of a blue colour with black oblique stripes. 3. The medregal (Seriola fasciata), an edible fish of the southern of the United States and the West Indies. 4. The cobia or crab eater (Elacate canada), an edible fish of the Middle and Southern United States. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Bonito

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1. Magazine of Natural History edited by John Claudius Loudon, Edward Charlesworth, John Denson (1836)
"Speaking of the bonito, he observes, " According to Stewart, ... the occurrence of the bonito in the Frith of Clyde is as authentic as any such circumstance ..."

2. New Mexico Mines and Minerals ...: Being an Epitome of the Early Mining by Fayette Alexander Jones (1904)
"Among the early prospectors and pioneers of bonito district are CC Bourne ... The old bonito camp .or postoffice is now practically abandoned, ..."

3. Aztlan: The History, Resources, and Attractions of New Mexico by William Gillet Ritch (1885)
"Then comes the bonito, which already in its one year's life has challenged the admiration of the world. The valley of Eagle Creek, and the Ruidoso, ..."

4. Denizens of the Deep by Frank Thomas Bullen (1904)
"CHAPTER XVI THE bonito ONE of the first of the deep-sea people to greet the young deep-water sailor after the porpoise, is the gay, chubby, and brilliant ..."

5. Camping and Cruising in Florida by James Alexander Henshall (1884)
"It is an excellent table fish, with firm, white flesh, resembling the Spanish mackerel very closely in flavor. The bonito (Sarda ..."

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