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[ring-teyld] /ˈrɪŋˌteɪld/
having the tail ringed with alternating colors, as a raccoon.
having a coiled tail.
Also, ringtail.
Origin of ring-tailed
1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No young ladies in blue dresses and brown curls—only wombats and wallabies, and ring-tailed 'possums—and me.

    A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce
  • “‘The ring-tailed Smasher,’” roared the captain, seizing the poker.

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • On the last day of the year 1857 I obtained some polycephalous hydatids (Cnurus lemuris) from a ring-tailed lemur.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • I guess ol' Dan's the idee, if you can drive him; he's a ring-tailed snorter.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • ring-tailed cats live in the stone walls, crevices and rocky ledges, around corn fields and pasture lands.

  • In this way we produce such admirable propositions as "A ring-tailed baboon is not a constitutional assembly."

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Her father and her mother were the grasshopper and the ring-tailed cat.

  • Suppose someone should meet you in the middle of Herald Square, hand you a ring-tailed tiger, and then skiddoo.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • I think Tom must have made a new record for himself in the running high jump when he broke away from his ring-tailed antagonist.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Most are arboreal, but the ring-tailed lemur (L. catta) often dwells among rocks.

British Dictionary definitions for ring-tailed


(of an animal) having a tail marked with rings of a distinctive colour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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