a small, simple wind instrument shaped like a sweet potato, with finger holes and a mouthpiece: it produces soft, hollow tones
Origin of ocarinaIt, diminutive of oca, a goose from Late Latin auca, a goose ( from an unverified form avica, back-formation from Classical Latin avicula, diminutive of avis, bird): from its fancied resemblance in shape
A small terra-cotta or plastic wind instrument with finger holes, a mouthpiece, and an elongated ovoid shape.
Origin of ocarinaItalian from dialectal ucarenna diminutive of Italian oca goose (from the fact that its mouthpiece is shaped like a goose's beak) from Vulgar Latin auca from avica from Latin avis bird ; see awi- in Indo-European roots.
- (music) A woodwind musical instrument that is closed at both sides to produce an enclosed space, and punctured with finger holes.