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[ok-uh-ree-nuh] /ˌɒk əˈri nə/

a simple musical wind instrument shaped somewhat like an elongated egg with a mouthpiece and finger holes.
an egg-shaped wind instrument with a protruding mouthpiece and six to eight finger holes, producing an almost pure tone Also called (US informal) sweet potato

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).


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