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wryneck

[rahy-nek] /ˈraɪˌnɛk/
noun
1.
Informal.
  1. torticollis.
  2. 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
1575-1585
1575-85; wry + neck
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wryneck

/ˈraɪˌnɛk/
noun
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 in Medicine

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

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Encyclopedia Article for wryneck

either of two species of birds that constitute the subfamily Jynginae of the woodpecker family (Picidae) but may be separated as the family Jyngidae. Wrynecks are gray-brown birds of open woods and brushlands, named for their habit of twisting their necks snakily when alarmed. They flick up ants from the ground or insects from trees with their long tongues, and they nest in old woodpecker holes. The Eurasian wryneck (Jynx torquilla), 16 cm (6.25 inches) long, breeds from England to Japan and winters in the tropics. The red-breasted wryneck (J. ruficollis) is African

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