A Renaissance wind instrument of the brass family, yet made of wood, with finger holes similar to those of a recorder. The cornetto has a cup shaped mouthpiece and is sounded n the same manner that a brass instrument is sounded. It was developed from the horn of a cow, and always retained its curved shape. It was most popular during the late 1500's and early 1600's.See also; [Fr.] Cornet bouquin; [Ger.] Zink, Zinck, Zinke; [It.] cornetto; [Sp.] corneta. Cornett <br><br>Lip-mouthpiece conical instrument with finger-holes