wryneck

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Eurasian wryneck twisting its neck
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From wry +‎ neck.

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wryneck (plural wrynecks)

  1. Either of two small woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla and Jynx ruficollis, of the Old World, that turn their heads almost 180 degrees when foraging.
  2. (medicine, dated) 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; torticollis.

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