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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ocarina \Oc`a*ri"na\, n. [Cf. It. carino pretty.] (Mus.) A kind of small simple wind instrument.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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).


n. (context musical instruments English) A woodwind musical instrument that is closed at both sides to produce an enclosed space, and punctured with finger holes.


n. egg-shaped terra-cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes [syn: sweet potato]


The ocarina or is an ancient wind musical instrument—a type of vessel flute. Variations exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body. It is traditionally made from clay or ceramic, but other materials are also used—such as plastic, wood, glass, metal, or bone. An example of an ocarina made of an animal horn is the medieval German gemshorn.

Ocarina (app)

Ocarina is an app by Smule. It was followed by Ocarina 2.

Usage examples of "ocarina".

Jo walked back to the caves, playing slow tunes on the ocarina, and thinking.

Comet Jo reached for his pouch, pushed aside the ocarina, and lifted me out into the palm of his hand.

The young guy out on the sidewalk playing an ocarina and interspersing his recital with denunciations of the city power and water authority.

He could play the flute, the harmonica, the ocarina, the fooge and glass organ like a son of the Exalted.

He was heard to make sounds on the ocarina, their ancient globular, egg-shaped flute.

Neal fishes a Bakelite ocarina out of his shirt pocket and tootles a thin, horrible note.

Olmec natives danced while recorded prehispanic musicians played clay flutes, ocarinas, and turtle shells, and shook rain sticks, beating out rhythms on clay water pots.

They appeared for work in the morning with faces streaked with paint, at night they danced like sleepwalkers to the sound of mournful ocarinas, and in general they ignored his orders as if they had lost their Spanish.

A man sat on a corner of the roof with his legs crossed and his back to an antenna tower, playing an ocarina.

By way of grand finale, he would attach an ocarina to the tube and play popular tunes such as O sole mio, with which he would invite the audience to sing along.