wry-neck

wryneck

[rahy-nek]
noun
1.
Informal.
b.
a person having torticollis.
2.
any of several small Old World climbing birds of the subfamily Jynginae, of the woodpecker family, noted for the peculiar habit of twisting the head and neck.

Origin:
1575–85; wry + neck

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

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wryneck wry·neck (rī'něk')
n.
See torticollis.

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