ocarina


noun

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

noun

  1. 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

n.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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