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Woodruff key

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

apparently after the proper name
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Woodruff key

noun engineering
  1. a semicircular key restrained in a curved keyway in a shaft
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Word Origin

C19: named after the Woodruff Manufacturing Co, in Hartford, Connecticut, who first manufactured it in 1892
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