What does the word flute mean?

Usage examples for flute

  1. He has a flute, too, which he " plays beautiful, Mr. McAlnwick- beautiful!" – An Ocean Tramp by William McFee
  2. He fled away from Diogenes' flute, but found no rest. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  3. A learned native of India assured Sir William Jones that he had frequently seen the most venomous and malignant snakes leave their holes upon hearing notes from a flute, which, as he supposed, gave them peculiar delight. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse