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wing nut

noun
1.
a nut having two flat, widely projecting pieces such that it can be readily tightened with the thumb and forefinger.
Also, wingnut.
Also called butterfly nut, thumbnut.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for wing nut

wing nut

noun
1.
a threaded nut tightened by hand by means of two flat lugs or wings projecting from the central body Also called butterfly nut
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Encyclopedia Article for wing nut

wingnut

(genus Pterocarya), any of about six species of Asian trees of the walnut family (Juglandaceae). They often are 30 m (about 100 feet) tall and bear winged, edible, one-seeded nuts. One species, P. stenoptera, is planted as an ornamental. The wood of some species is used in cabinetmaking.

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