wryneck

noun
wry·​neck | \ ˈrī-ˌnek How to pronounce wryneck (audio) \

Definition of wryneck

1 : either of two Old World woodpeckers (Jynx torquilla or J. ruficollis) that differ from the typical woodpeckers in having soft tail feathers and a peculiar manner of writhing the neck

First Known Use of wryneck

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wryneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wryneck. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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wryneck

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wry·​neck | \ ˈrī-ˌnek How to pronounce wryneck (audio) \

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