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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 Indo-European roots.]
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(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]
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(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]
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A small, simple musical wind instrument with a body shaped something like a sweet potato.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ocarina - egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holesocarina - egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes
wind instrument, wind - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
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[ˌɒkəˈriːnə] Nocarina f
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nOkarina f
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[ˌɒkəˈriːnə] nocarina
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During the trip the Balfron pupils visited stalls in the zoo with authentic jade art, ocarinas, badges with the animals from the Chinese zodiac and other Chinese gifts.
Mexican Day of the Dead artifacts (with family altars dedicated to dead ancestors with flowers, food, incense, religious figurines, and photographs), Mayan Hieroglyphics carved in stone, myths of transformation often with zoomorphic attributes, sculptures and paintings of woman as divine from India, the Hindu god Krishna configured as a flute player (without the actual flute), ritual Chinese burial ware adorned with swirling clouds and mythical beasts (from one of the world's oldest civilizations) to appease the gods and ancestral spirits, and clay ocarinas performed for ritual dancing and ceremonies throughout Mexico and Central America are among the many symbolic objects used in rituals around the world.
Mayans built several types of instruments including rattling gourds filled with seeds or stones, turtle shells played with deer antlers, as well as whistles, ocarinas, modified seashells, and other wind instruments, said Zalaquett.
"They are in costume, they all get into character and they play a variety of instruments from the ocarinas - a whistle - to the trumpet, accordion and ukulele.
The materials and technique used by Onofrio Chieco will be examined in detail showing pictures of his clay whistles, ocarinas and sculptures with incorporated handmade sound-producing devices.
A magical mixture of Native American Flute, bone whistles & ocarinas, Seiden's sensual playing and wonderful compositions envelope the listener and touch the heart.
BCMG's amazingly gifted percussionists, chromonicas and ocarinas expertly added to their"kitchen", were joined by the other reason for the necessary encore, the endearingly charming mezzo Katalin Karolyi whose infectiously communicative skills inspired the composition.
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