Etymology
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wryneck (n.)

1580s, from wry + neck (n.). The bird so called from the singular manner in which is can twist the neck.

updated on April 09, 2014

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Definitions of wryneck from WordNet

wryneck (n.)
an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted;
Synonyms: torticollis
wryneck (n.)
Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neck;
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