Definition of nose flute in US English:

nose flute


  • A musical instrument of the flute type played by blowing through the nose rather than the mouth, associated especially with Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands.

    • ‘The shell trumpet and the nose flute are the most common instruments in the region.’
    • ‘The Internet has transformed holiday shopping, allowing you to order an out-of-print book for Mom or a Hawaiian nose flute for Dad without ever leaving your driveway.’
    • ‘Among the traditional instruments a special kind of nose flute attracted much attention.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when world music meant nose flutes and thumb pianos.’
    • ‘The nose flute, an instrument from ancient times, made a return at the end of the twentieth century.’


nose flute

/ˈnoʊz ˌflut/