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bəˈni toʊboni·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bonitonoun

    flesh of mostly Pacific food fishes of the genus Sarda of the family Scombridae; related to but smaller than tuna

  2. bonito, oceanic bonito, Katsuwonus pelamisnoun

    fish whose flesh is dried and flaked for Japanese cookery; may be same species as skipjack tuna

  3. bonitonoun

    any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas


  1. bonitonoun

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

  2. bonitonoun

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

  3. Etymology: from بينيت.


  1. Bonito

    Bonitos are a tribe of medium-sized, ray-finned predatory fish in the family Scombridae – a family it shares with the mackerel, tuna, and Spanish mackerel tribes, and also the butterfly kingfish. Also called the tribe Sardini, it consists of eight species across four genera; three of those four genera are monotypic, having a single species each. Bonitos closely resemble the skipjack tuna, which is often called a bonito, especially in Japanese contexts.


  1. bonito

    Bonito is a type of medium-sized, fast-swimming fish from the mackerel family, commonly found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They are characterized by their streamlined bodies, forked tail fins, and stripes or spots. The term 'bonito' can also refer to kinds of tuna. In addition, bonito flakes, which are made from dried, fermented, and smoked bonito fish, are a key ingredient in Japanese cuisine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bonitonoun

    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. Bonitonoun

    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 color with black oblique stripes

  3. Bonitonoun

    the medregal (Seriola fasciata), an edible fish of the southern of the United States and the West Indies

  4. Bonitonoun

    the cobia or crab eater (Elacate canada), an edible fish of the Middle and Southern United States


  1. Bonito

    Bonito are a tribe of medium-sized, predatory fish in the Scombridae family, belonging to the Sardini tribe. There are seven species across four genera which comprise the bonito tribe. Three of the four genera are monotypic genera, having a single species each.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bonito

    bo-nēto, n. 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. [Sp.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bonito

    The Thynnus pelamys, a fish of the scomber family, commonly about 2 feet long, with a sharp head, small mouth, full eyes, and a regular semi-lunar tail.

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bonito is ranked #32031 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bonito surname appeared 720 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bonito.

    70.6% or 509 total occurrences were White.
    13.6% or 98 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    11.1% or 80 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 12 total occurrences were Black.
    1.1% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bonito in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bonito in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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