ocarina

noun
oc·​a·​ri·​na | \ ˌä-kə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce ocarina (audio) \

Definition of ocarina

: a simple wind instrument typically having an oval body with finger holes and a projecting mouthpiece

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Examples of ocarina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What do a certain mustachioed Italian plumber, an ocarina-playing elf in a green tunic and a gorilla wearing a necktie have in common with the works of classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 19 Feb. 2022 At dawn, she is awakened, also magically, with the wispy sound of an ocarina, and the final preparations begin. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 Lee ran errands for Simon and Kirby, then in their twenties, entertaining or annoying them by playing the ocarina. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Lee ran errands for Simon and Kirby, then in their twenties, entertaining or annoying them by playing the ocarina. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Lee ran errands for Simon and Kirby, then in their twenties, entertaining or annoying them by playing the ocarina. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Lee ran errands for Simon and Kirby, then in their twenties, entertaining or annoying them by playing the ocarina. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Lee ran errands for Simon and Kirby, then in their twenties, entertaining or annoying them by playing the ocarina. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Lee ran errands for Simon and Kirby, then in their twenties, entertaining or annoying them by playing the ocarina. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ocarina

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ocarina

Italian, from Italian dialect, diminutive of oca goose, from Late Latin auca, ultimately from Latin avis bird — more at aviary

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“Ocarina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocarina. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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