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 Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F. www.randallmuseum.org Breakfast with Enzo Drop in at anytime for two different sets of voice, accordion, guitar, banjo, jaw harp, ocarina, percussion and musical saw sing along fun for everyone. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kids listings," 17 May 2018 Between taming wild horses, mastering the ocarina, and the occasional trip through time, there’s also the matter of having to save Hyrule from an inter-dimensional pig-man who just won’t die. Nate Erickson, Esquire, "Restore Some Hearts with This Legend of Zelda-Inspired Beer," 18 Jan. 2018 In several places a dozen wind players double on ocarinas, producing a faint buzzing that was eerily evocative. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "CSO presents a pretty premiere as part of Muti's dervish week of pre-tour activity," 29 Sep. 2017 Instead of using your voice like a normal person, why not channel your inner Link and use your trusty ocarina? Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Control Your Entire Home Just by Playing Tunes Like Link From Zelda," 28 Aug. 2017

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocarina. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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