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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.
a. See torticollis.
b. A person with torticollis.
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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
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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.
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|Noun||1.||wryneck - an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted|
|2.||wryneck - 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
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