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command key

or Apple key; a key on the Macintosh used as a shortcut to issue commands, by holding down the command key and pressing another letter. The command key is usually labeled with a small cloverleaf symbol on the Macintosh. The commands are typically items in menus that are marked with the cloverleaf symbol and the associated key. The command key is used in a similar way as the control key is used in some systems to indicate commands, though the control key has had numerous other interpretations as well. Sometimes abbreviated “CMD”.