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A small terra-cotta or plastic wind instrument with finger holes, a mouthpiece, and an elongated ovoid shape.
[Italian, from dialectal ucarenna, diminutive of Italian oca, goose (from the fact that its mouthpiece is shaped like a goose's beak), from Vulgar Latin *auca, from *avica, from Latin avis, bird; see awi- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(Instruments) 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
[C19: from Italian: little goose, from oca goose, ultimately from Latin avis bird]
oc•a•ri•na(ˌɒk əˈri nə)
n., pl. -nas.
a simple musical wind instrument shaped somewhat like an elongated egg with a mouthpiece and finger holes. Also called sweet potato.
[1875–80; < Italian, orig. dial. (Emilia), diminutive of oca goose, so called from the instrument's shape]
A small, simple musical wind instrument with a body shaped something like a sweet potato.