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ocarina (ŏkərē´nə), musical wind instrument with eight finger holes and two thumb holes, rather egg-shaped, and made of metal, terra-cotta or plastic. Unlike other wind instuments, it produces pure tones that lack overtones. It was invented in the late 19th cent. in Italy and is popular with amateurs for its relative simplicity and low cost. It is occasionally called a "sweet potato" because of its shape.

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ocarina (It. ‘little goose’). Small keyless wind instr., shaped rather like an egg with holes for fingers and invented c.1860. Made of earthenware or metal. Mainly used as a toy and sometimes nicknamed ‘sweet potato’ (as in once-popular song Sweet Potato Piper).

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oc·a·ri·na / ˌäkəˈrēnə/ • n. a small egg-shaped wind instrument with a mouthpiece and holes for the fingers.

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ocarina XIX. — It., dim. of oca goose (with ref. to its shape).

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