Definition of wryneck in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪnɛk/


1An Old World bird of the woodpecker family, with brown camouflaged plumage and a habit of twisting and writhing the neck when disturbed.
  • Genus Jynx, family Picidae: two species, in particular the northern wryneck (J. torquilla) of Eurasia.
Example sentences
  • There are two additional subfamilies of the Picidae, Picumninae, which is the sister group of the true woodpeckers, and Jynginae (wrynecks), which is sister to the Picinae-Picumninae clade.
  • On the same trip to Spain we also caught up with two other birds I most desperately wanted to see: the ring ouzel, another thrush with a restricted range, and the wryneck, a strange-looking and behaving woodpecker.
  • Some, such as the wryneck, ceased to breed in East Anglia; others, notably the stonechat, all but vanished.
2 another term for torticollis.
Example sentences
  • Congenital muscular torticollis, also called wryneck, is usually discovered in the first 6 to 8 weeks of life.
  • Torticollis, also known as wryneck, is a twisting of the neck that causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle.
  • If not treated, wryneck may lead to permanent facial deformity or unevenness and to restricted head movement.

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