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  • I'm familiar with the dried fish flakes called bonito, used in Japanese cuisine. I have never seen the word used in the plural, however:

    "...he would still have ordered the boats away when the bonitoes appeared. At dawn flying-fish had been found on deck by the score, and as the sun rose their persecutors could be seen skimming about in schools just under the surface. The boats, plying net and line with prodigious zeal, brought in several loads of fish, fish that did not have to be steeped in precious fresh water; and as Stephen remarked to Martin, the bonito, like his cousin the great tunny, was not only a warm-blooded fish but also a great promoter of Venus."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 150

    February 20, 2008