cuckoo's mate
Wryneck Wry"neck, n. (Med.) [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. a person suffering from torticollis. [PJC]

3. (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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