Definition of bonito :
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 cobia or crab eater ( Elacate canada), an edible fish of the Middle and Southern United States.
3. The medregal ( Seriola fasciata), an edible fish of the southern of the United States and the West Indies.
4. 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.
Katsuwonus pelamis, oceanic bonito
- They were pursuing a school of bonito, and Pulu, the chief's brother, was standing in the bow with a stick of dynamite and was in the nick of letting it fly when it exploded prematurely in his hand. - "Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas", Lloyd Osbourne.
- The sun was setting; she knew that her young mistress and the captain of the Bonito were about to separate. - "'Twixt Land & Sea", Joseph Conrad.
- What Heemskirk intended by taking upon himself to detain the Bonito it is difficult to say, except that he meant to bring some trouble into the life of the man favoured by Freya. - "'Twixt Land & Sea", Joseph Conrad.