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Wryneck   Listen
noun
Wryneck  n.  (Med.)
1.
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 of the neck; torticollis.
2.
A person suffering from torticollis.
3.
(Zool.) Any one of several species of Old World birds of the genus Jynx or subfamily Jynginae, allied to the woodpeckers; especially, the common European species (Jynx torguilla); so called from its habit of turning the neck around in different directions. Called also cuckoo's mate, snakebird, summer bird, tonguebird, and writheneck.






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Words linked to "Wryneck" :   genus Jynx, torticollis, abnormality, woodpecker, peckerwood, pecker, Jynx, abnormalcy



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