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Meaning of "wryneck" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WRYNECK

wryneck  [ˈraɪˌnɛk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WRYNECK

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Wryneck is a noun.
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WHAT DOES WRYNECK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

wryneck

Wryneck

The wrynecks are a small but distinctive group of small Old World woodpeckers. Like the true woodpeckers, wrynecks have large heads, long tongues which they use to extract their insect prey and zygodactyl feet, with two toes pointing forward, and two backwards. However, they lack the stiff tail feathers that the true woodpeckers use when climbing trees, so they are more likely than their relatives to perch on a branch rather than an upright trunk. Their bills are shorter and less dagger-like than in the true woodpeckers, but their chief prey is ants and other insects, which they find in decaying wood or almost bare soil. They re-use woodpecker holes for nesting, rather than making their own holes. The eggs are white, as with many hole nesters. The two species have cryptic plumage, with intricate patterning of greys and browns. The voice is a nasal woodpecker-like call. Eurasian Wryneck These birds get their English name from their ability to turn their heads almost 180 degrees. When disturbed at the nest, they use this snake-like head twisting and hissing as a threat display. This odd behaviour led to their use in witchcraft, hence to put a "jinx" on someone.

Definition of wryneck in the English dictionary

The definition of wryneck in the dictionary is either of two cryptically coloured Old World woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla or J. ruficollis, which do not drum on trees. Other definition of wryneck is a person who has a twisted neck.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WRYNECK


bottleneck
ˈbɒtəlˌnɛk
breakneck
ˈbreɪkˌnɛk
crew-neck
ˈkruːˌnɛk
crookneck
ˈkrʊkˌnɛk
gooseneck
ˈɡuːsˌnɛk
leatherneck
ˈlɛðəˌnɛk
littleneck
ˈlɪtəlˌnɛk
longneck
ˈlɒŋˌnɛk
polo-neck
ˈpəʊləʊˌnɛk
redneck
ˈrɛdˌnɛk
ringneck
ˈrɪŋˌnɛk
rollneck
ˈrəʊlˌnɛk
roughneck
ˈrʌfˌnɛk
rubberneck
ˈrʌbəˌnɛk
turtleneck
ˈtɜːtəlˌnɛk
V-neck
ˈviːˌnɛk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WRYNECK

wrongfulness
wrongly
wrongness
wrongous
wrongously
wrote
wroth
wrought
wrought iron
wrought ironwork
wrought-up
wrung
WRVS
wry
wrybill
wryer
wryest
wryly
wryness
wrythen

WORDS THAT END LIKE WRYNECK

boat neck
brass neck
break one´s neck
breathe down someone´s neck
bull neck
bullneck
by the neck
crew neck
dorneck
fiddleneck
get it in the neck
halterneck
neck and neck
pain in the neck
polo neck
scoop neck
sneck
swan neck
text neck
V neck

Synonyms and antonyms of wryneck in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «wryneck» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WRYNECK

Find out the translation of wryneck to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
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Translator English - Chinese

歪脖
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

torcecuello
570 millions of speakers

English

wryneck
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

wryneck
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

صعر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

кривошея
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

wryneck
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

wryneck
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

wryneck
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Wryneck
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wendehals
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

アリスイ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

wryneck
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Wryneck
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

trật cổ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

wryneck
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वरीनक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

dönerboyun kuşu
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

torcicollo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wryneck
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

кривошия
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

wryneck
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

Θερκοπούλι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

boomvalk
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

nackspärr
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

Skakke
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wryneck

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WRYNECK»

The term «wryneck» is regularly used and occupies the 102.246 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WRYNECK» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wryneck

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WRYNECK»

Discover the use of wryneck in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wryneck and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: ...
Wryneck [iunx], draw this man to my house. First, barley-grains disintegrate in the fire. But sprinkle them on, Thestylis. Poor woman, have you lost your mind? Sprinkle them, and while you do it say this: "I sprinkle the bones of Delphis." \ Nryneck ...
Daniel Ogden, 2002
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Intervertebral Disk Diseases: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment ...
Etiology and Symptoms Acute wryneck is a special form of local cervical syndrome in which deformity and limitation of motion predominate. It is found mainly in children and adolescents and is an early form ofdiskogenic disease of the cervical ...
Jürgen Krämer, Roland Schleberger, Achim Hedtmann, 1990
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Text-book of Nervous Diseases and Psychiatry: For the Use of ...
Torticollis (Wryneck, Caput Obstipum). — Toricollis is a disease characterized by clonic or tonic spasm of the muscles supplied by the spinal accessory and often of other muscles of the neck. There are several forms of wryneck, which must be ...
Charles Loomis Dana, 1909
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Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition
The wryneck was a familiar sight in Europe in the nineteenth century, but numbers fell steadily throughout the twentieth century and today they are very difficult birds to spot. Its most striking characteristic, from which it derives its name, is its ...
Peter Tate, 2011
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The Greek Bucolic Poets
Wryneck, wryneck, draw him hither. As Delphis hath brought me pain, so I burn the bay against Delphis. And as it crackles and then lo ! is burnt suddenly to nought and we see not so much as the ash of it, e'en so be Delphis' body whelmed in ...
Theocritus, John Maxwell Edmonds, 1912
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Hms Wryneck
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! HMS Wryneck was an Admiralty W-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy, which was sunk during the Battle of Greece on 27 April 1941.
Jesse Russell, Ronald Cohn, 2012
7
Symptoms and Signs in Pediatric Surgery
Differential Diagnosis, Work-Ups It includes acute nontraumatic torticollis ( wryneck), Grisel syndrome, and atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation. Therapy, Prognosis Patients with known hypermotility and instability as quoted above need avoidance ...
Georges L. Kaiser, 2012
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Woodpeckers of the World: The Complete Guide
L 16–19cm Other name Northern Wryneck Identification Slim, atypical woodpecker, with a sharp, weak bill and short rounded wings. Long rounded tail comprises a third of overall length. Cryptically patterned with mosaic of brown and grey ...
Gerard Gorman, 2014
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The Swedish Cavalier
“Feuerbaum,” said Wryneck. “No lock is too strong for him and none too ingenious.” “Let him come with us, then.” The thief emitted a faint groan. “It burns like fire!" he muttered to himself. “God forbid it should turn gangrenous ...” “Next, Veiland ...
Leo Perutz, 2012
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The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: ...
CLINICAL APPEARANCE OF CONGENITAL MUSCULAR TORTICOLLIS ( WRYNECK) Mass in neck within sternocleidomastoid muscle often referred to as sternocleidomastoid tumor. This earliest manifestation of congenital muscular torticollis ...
Joseph P. Iannotti, Richard Parker, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WRYNECK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wryneck is used in the context of the following news items.
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Efit of man police want to identify in connection with a burglary in …
At 2.30pm on July 10, an intruder was disturbed by the occupants of the property in Wryneck Close. The man fled empty-handed. Anyone who recognises the ... «East Anglian Daily Times, Aug 15»
2
Migratory birds make Al Qudra Lake their home
Mainland and migratory birds include the Eurasian wryneck, Rosy Starling, Common Starling, shrikes, Wheatears, eagles and falcons, among others. Dr Khan ... «gulfnews.com, Oct 14»
3
Bird Notes: Maltese anger at hunting ban
Across the sound, a Wryneck was found at Aberdaron on Sunday. The first Redwing of winter was in a Pen Llŷn garden on 13th, and more were with Fieldfares ... «Daily Post North Wales, Sep 14»
4
Pauline Kidner reveals more of life behind the scenes at Somerset's …
Copy link to paste in your message. A wryneck in the safe hands of Michelle Gunn at Secret World, East Huntspill. The wryneck is a summer visitor to Britain. «Western Daily Press, Sep 14»
5
Bird Notes: Why good autumn weather brings migrant birds
Several Wrynecks were seen too, named for their neck contortions they display when threatened. On the mainland, a Common Rosefinch was at Port Meudwy. «Daily Post North Wales, Sep 14»
6
Rare bird survives 3000-mile trip from Africa to Britain – only to be …
A rare bird survived the dangers of a long, arduous 3,000-mile trip from Africa to Britain – only to be mauled to death by a cat. The hungry wryneck was foraging ... «Mirror.co.uk, Sep 14»
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Rare wryneck woodpecker killed by cat
The wryneck, whose plumage looks like tree bark, was feeding on ants when the ... A small number of wrynecks, which are a bit smaller than starlings, pass ... «Express.co.uk, Sep 14»
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Warblers and turtle doves join RSPB list of birds at risk of dying out
If so, bird lovers will be hoping that it does not go the way of the wryneck, a brown, sparrow-sized woodpecker, that was common in every county in England and ... «The Guardian, Sep 14»
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Military send-off for brave George Dexter - the man the Germans …
“He was aboard my father's ship and was saved by the HMS Wryneck, which was bombed a few hours later. “We know from witnesses that my father died on the ... «Birmingham Mail, Jul 14»
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Real-life Uncle Albert whose WW2 ship AND rescue boat were sunk …
HMS Wryneck, the small boat that plucked him from the churning water, was ... HMS Wryneck was hit shortly after the bedraggled soldier was dragged on board. «Daily Mail, Jul 14»

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