A small egg-shaped ceramic (especially terracotta) or metal wind instrument with holes for the fingers.
- What is Elgar's patented nobilmente doing beside the evocation of harmonicas and ocarinas?
- The woodwind players are sometimes asked to play ocarinas, those strange lemon-shaped clay whistles with simple finger-holes all over them.
- He had a small lyre strapped to his back, and a shining ocarina hanging from a cord around his neck.
Late 19th century: from Italian, from oca 'goose' (from its shape).
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