- a simple musical wind instrument shaped somewhat like an elongated egg with a mouthpiece and finger holes.
Origin of ocarina
Examples from the Web for ocarina
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, considered by some to be the best game of all time, was remade for the 3DS in 2011.Video Games Go Wild for Reboots
July 6, 2014
Ma'am, if you never do, at least remember that the flute was an ocarina.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Im a-goin south from here to give a Chinese lady a lesson on the ocarina.Dust of the Desert
Robert Welles Ritchie
The neighbouring forest was soon echoing the strident notes of xylophone, banjo, ocarina and trombone.Indo-China and Its Primitive People
Treatises upon the violin are fairly numerous; but I do not remember having come across many works on the Jew's harp or ocarina.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
- an egg-shaped wind instrument with a protruding mouthpiece and six to eight finger holes, producing an almost pure toneAlso called (US informal): sweet potato
Word Origin and History for ocarina
1877, from Italian ocarina, diminutive of oca "goose" (so called for its shape), from Vulgar Latin *auca, from Latin avicula "small bird," diminutive of avis "bird" (see aviary).