from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two small Old World woodpeckers (Jynx torquilla or J. ruficollis), having a sharply pointed bill and the habit of twisting the head and neck into contortions.
- n. See torticollis.
- n. A person with torticollis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two small woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla and Jynx ruficollis, of the Old World that can turn their heads almost 180 degrees.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. a person suffering from torticollis.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A twisted or distorted neck; a deformity in which the neck is drawn to one side and rotated. See torticollis.
- n. A spasmodic disease of sheep, in which the head is drawn to one side.
- n. A scansorial picarian bird of the genus Iynx (Junx, or Yunx), allied to the woodpeckers, and belonging to the same family or a closely related one: so called from the singular manner in which it can twist the neck, and so turn it awry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted
- n. Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neck
From wry + neck. (Wiktionary)