ring tail

ringtail

[ring-teyl]
noun
1.
any phalanger of the genus Pseudocheirus, having the prehensile tail curled into a ring.
3.
Also called ringsail. Nautical. a narrow studdingsail set abaft a gaff sail, especially a spanker, upon spears extending beyond the gaff and boom.
adjective

Origin:
1530–40; ring1 + tail1

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ringtail (ˈrɪŋˌteɪl)
 
n
1.  another name for cacomistle Also called: ring-tailed cat
2.  (Austral) Also called: ringtail possum any of several possums having curling prehensile tails used to grasp branches while climbing

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