An oboe is a long, black musical instrument. You play an oboe by blowing into its mouthpiece and pressing keys to form notes.
The earliest oboe was modeled after an extremely loud, high-pitched Middle Eastern instrument called the shawm. The name oboe was originally hautbois, or "high, loud wood" in French, also sometimes spelled hoboy in English. The Italians transliterated the French name to oboè, and the English followed around 1770 with oboe. Another distinctive feature of the oboe is its double reed mouthpiece.