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wing nut

or wingnut

noun
1.
a nut having two flat, widely projecting pieces such that it can be readily tightened with the thumb and forefinger.
Also called butterfly nut, thumbnut.
Origin of wing nut
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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  • This wire, when hooked into the wing nut, will enable one to wind up the film at a fairly uniform speed.

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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