public-key

noun, often attributive
pub·​lic-key | \ ˈpə-blik-ˈkē How to pronounce public-key (audio) \

Definition of public-key

: a cryptographic element that is the publicly shared half of an encryption code and that can be used only to encode messages

First Known Use of public-key

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Public-key.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public-key. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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