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  • noun See bonito.

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  • noun A bonito (fish).


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  • We saw lots of flying-fish also; and they, when we had the chance of catching the few that came aboard, were even better fare for hungry sailor-boys of an evening than the dolphins and bonetta.

    Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy

  • Unfortunately for the poor beggars, however, they have an enemy aloft as well as one below; and, when they leave the water to escape the bonetta, they fall into the clutches of the sea-hawks that hover over the surface on the watch for them; and so, thus situated ` between two stools, 'as it were, ` their lot,' like that of the ` Bobby 'in the song, being ` not a happy one!'

    Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy

  • This was rare sport, I can tell you, the bonetta, a fish common to the tropics and eating uncommonly well when fried, biting freely at a piece of white bunting or any other attractive object attached to a hook, as did the many-hued dolphin, and many a hearty supper did we have on the lower deck through the kindly aid of these beneficent denizens of the deep.

    Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy

  • Silently and cautiously the monster glided on, his cruel green eye on the bonetta, which Murray gradually withdrew till it was close up to the counter.

    The Three Midshipmen

  • The bonetta was secured to a small line, while with the end of the peak-halyards a running bowline-knot was formed and placed over it, or rather round it.

    The Three Midshipmen

  • A bonetta had just been caught, and that, it was agreed, would serve as

    The Three Midshipmen


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  • The H.M.S. Bonetta, also spelled Boneta, was part of Lord Cornwallis's small fleet at Yorktown in 1781. It was the only vessel the American general, Washington, allowed to leave Yorktown without being searched. Cornwallis took the opportunity to evacuate several notable loyalists. The ship sailed for British-held New York to discharge its passengers, papers, etc. It was listed as carrying 14 guns.

    October 29, 2007