allen key

/ˈælən ki / (say 'aluhn kee)

noun
one of a number of variously-sized, small, hexagonal metal bars bent to form a right angle, the ends of which may be slotted into the matching recess in the heads of grub screws or certain bolts so as to tighten or loosen them.
Also, allen wrench, hex key.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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