from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small terra-cotta or plastic wind instrument with finger holes, a mouthpiece, and an elongated ovoid shape.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woodwind musical instrument that is closed at both sides to produce an enclosed space, and punctured with finger holes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of small simple wind instrument.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument, hardly more than a toy, consisting of a fancifully shaped terra-cotta body with a whistle-like mouthpiece and a number of finger-holes. Several different sizes or varieties are made. The tone is soft, but sonorous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Italian ocarina, literally “little goose”, due to the musical instrument’s resemblance to the animal. (Wiktionary)