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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Watch for the toucans, macaws and brown and ringtail lemurs that live on the campground's property.
There are deer, ringtail cats, and squirrels in the area.
Ringtail cats and raccoons retreat into cave entrances for shelter.
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