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/ ˌɒk əˈri nə /


a simple musical wind instrument shaped somewhat like an elongated egg with a mouthpiece and finger holes.


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Also called sweet potato.

Origin of ocarina

< Italian, orig. dial. (Emilia), diminutive of oca goose (< Late Latin auca, contraction of *avica, derivative of Latin avis bird), so called from the instrument's shape; apparently the name given to it by Giuseppe Donati of Budrio, near Bologna, who popularized a ceramic version c1860


oc·a·ri·nist, noun

Words nearby ocarina

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Example sentences 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|Alec Kubas-Meyer|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • The neighbouring forest was soon echoing the strident notes of xylophone, banjo, ocarina and trombone.

  • Im a-goin south from here to give a Chinese lady a lesson on the ocarina.

    Dust of the Desert|Robert Welles Ritchie
  • Ma'am, if you never do, at least remember that the flute was an ocarina.

    The Dop Doctor|Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

British Dictionary definitions for ocarina

/ (ˌɒkəˈriːnə) /


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 for ocarina

C19: from Italian: little goose, from oca goose, ultimately from Latin avis bird
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