Origin of wryneck
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The wryneck was thought to build the nest, and hatch and feed the young of the cuckoo.Welsh Folk-Lore
"That can be nothing else but a wryneck," said Jimmy, noticing its movement.The Swan and Her Crew
George Christopher Davies
The wryneck is as retiring in disposition as the sparrow is obtrusive.
Other naturalists have found the wryneck in India equally tame.
At most seasons of the year the wryneck is a remarkably silent bird.
- either of two cryptically coloured Old World woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla or J. ruficollis, which do not drum on trees
- another name for torticollis
- informal a person who has a twisted neck
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