Ocarina definition

ŏkə-rēnə
A small terra-cotta or plastic wind instrument with finger holes, a mouthpiece, and an elongated ovoid shape.
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A small, simple wind instrument shaped like a sweet potato, with finger holes and a mouthpiece: it produces soft, hollow tones.
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(music) A woodwind musical instrument that is closed at both sides to produce an enclosed space, and punctured with finger holes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ocarina
Plural:
ocarinas

Origin of ocarina

  • Italian 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 awi- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Italian ocarina (“little goose"), due to the musical instrument's resemblance to the animal.

    From Wiktionary