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Meaning of WRYNECK

Pronunciation:  'rI`nek

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neck
  2. [n]  an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted
 

WRYNECK is a 7 letter word that starts with W.

 

 Synonyms: torticollis
 
 See Also: abnormal condition, abnormalcy, abnormality, genus Jynx, Jynx, pecker, peckerwood, woodpecker

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Wry"neck\, 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. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of Old World birds
   of the genus {Jynx}, allied to the woodpeckers;
   especially, the common European species ({J. 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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