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adjective Zoology.
  1. having a ring of distinctive color around the neck.
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Origin of ring-necked

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for ring-necked

Historical Examples

  • The only kinds known were the ring-necked lory and the common red and green lorikeet, both common at Amboyna.

    The Malay Archipelago

    Alfred Russell Wallace

  • But the most conspicuous and interesting of all these lawn birds are the ring-necked plovers, or killdeers.

    Under the Maples

    John Burroughs

  • The garter and ring-necked snakes wear Eve's wedding-ring as a collar.

  • The copperhead, garter snakes, and ring-necked snakes all collapsed at temperatures near 41.

British Dictionary definitions for ring-necked


  1. (of animals, esp certain birds and snakes) having a band of distinctive colour around the neck
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