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wry·neck

 (rī′nĕk′)
n.
1. Either of two small woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla of Eurasia and Africa or J. ruficollis of sub-Saharan Africa, having a sharply pointed bill and the ability to twist the neck almost all the way around.
2.
b. A person with torticollis.

wryneck

(ˈraɪˌnɛk)
n
1. (Animals) either of two cryptically coloured Old World woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla or J. ruficollis, which do not drum on trees
2. (Pathology) another name for torticollis
3. (Pathology) informal a person who has a twisted neck

wry•neck

(ˈraɪˌnɛk)

n.
1. Informal.
b. a person having torticollis.
2. either of two small Old World birds of the genus Jynx, of the woodpecker family, with mottled gray-brown plumage: noted for their snakelike contortions of the neck when disturbed on the nest.
[1575–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wryneck - an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contractedwryneck - an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
2.wryneck - Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neckwryneck - Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neck
peckerwood, woodpecker, pecker - bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
genus Jynx, Jynx - wrynecks
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