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wryneck

[ rahy-nek ]
/ ˈraɪˌnɛk /
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noun
Informal.
  1. torticollis.
  2. a person having torticollis.
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.
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Origin of wryneck

First recorded in 1575–85; wry + neck

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British Dictionary definitions for wryneck

wryneck
/ (ˈraɪˌnɛk) /

noun
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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