Wryneck

Wry"neck

(?), n. (Med.)
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

2. a person suffering from torticollis.
[PJC]

3. (Zol.) 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.
[1913 Webster +PJC]

 

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