Definition and background:
A flute -like instrument in a globe or potato shape made from clay or other hard material with a whistle mouthpiece. Many attribute the invention of this instrument to Guiseppe Donati in the 19th century however there is considerable evidence that the Ocarina may be more than 12000 years old and originated in many cultures. Examples have been found shaped like birds or other animals. Ocarina a small and very simple wind instrument which is shaped like a sweet potato and is usually shaped like a sweet potato and usually made of terra cotta, with finger holes and a mouthpiece. The tones it produces are soft and hollow
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