Wryneck meaning

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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.
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Any of a genus (Jynx) of Old World woodpeckers with long, soft tail feathers and a habit of twisting the neck.
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A person with torticollis.
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Either of two small woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla and Jynx ruficollis, of the Old World that can turn their heads almost 180 degrees.
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(medicine, dated) A twisted or distorted neck; a deformity in which the neck is drawn to one side by a rigid contraction of one of the muscles; torticollis.
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Origin of wryneck

  • From wry +"Ž neck.

    From Wiktionary