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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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