Bo*ni"to (?), n.; pl. Bonitoes (). [Sp. & Pg. bonito, fr. Ar. bainit and bainith.] [Often incorrectly written bonita.] Zool.
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.
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.
The medregal (Seriola fasciata), an edible fish of the southern of the United States and the West Indies.
The cobia or crab eater (Elacate canada), an edible fish of the Middle and Southern United States.
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