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Woodruff key

noun, Machinery
1.
a key having the form of a nearly semicircular disk fitting into a recess in a shaft.
Origin
apparently after the proper name
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Woodruff key

/ˈwʊdrʌf/
noun (engineering)
1.
a semicircular key restrained in a curved keyway in a shaft
Word Origin
C19: named after the Woodruff Manufacturing Co, in Hartford, Connecticut, who first manufactured it in 1892
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