Definitions for paddywhackˈpæd iˌʰwæk, -ˌwæk; -ˌwæk
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A severe blow (especially in reference to the folk song This Old Man)
A strong elastic ligament or tendon in the midline of the neck of sheep or cattle (generally any quadruped) which relieves the animal of the weight of its head
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Paddywhack or Nuchal ligament/Ligamentum nuchae, is a strong elastic ligament or tendon in the midline of the neck of sheep or cattle which relieves the animal of the weight of its head. It is pale yellow in colour. The name is derived from the corruption of paxwax.
The nuchal ligament is unusual in being a tendon with an elastic component, allowing for stretch. Most tendons are mostly made of highly aligned collagen fibres which do not permit stretching.
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