ocarina

ocarina

[ok-uh-ree-nuh]
noun
a simple musical wind instrument shaped somewhat like an elongated egg with a mouthpiece and finger holes.
Also called sweet potato.


Origin:
< 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

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ocarina (ˌɒkəˈriːnə)
 
n
Also called (US informal): sweet potato an egg-shaped wind instrument with a protruding mouthpiece and six to eight finger holes, producing an almost pure tone
 
[C19: from Italian: little goose, from oca goose, ultimately from Latin avis bird]

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ocarina
1877, from It. ocarina, dim. of oca "goose" (so called for its shape), from V.L. *auca, from L. avicula "small bird," dim. of avis "bird" (see aviary).
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ocarina

globularglobular flute, a late 19th-century musical development of traditional Italian carnival whistles of earthenware, often bird-shaped and sounding only one or two notes. It is an egg-shaped vessel of clay or metal or, as a toy, of plastic and is sounded on the flageolet, or fipple flute, principle. It usually has eight finger holes and two thumbholes and may have a tuning plunger.

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