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[ring-teyl] /ˈrɪŋˌteɪl/
any phalanger of the genus Pseudocheirus, having the prehensile tail curled into a ring.
Also called ringsail. Nautical. a narrow studdingsail set abaft a gaff sail, especially a spanker, upon spears extending beyond the gaff and boom.
Origin of ringtail
First recorded in 1530-40; ring1 + tail1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • ringtail circled with him, always presenting a formidable front.

  • ringtail stared, the light reflected from his bright little eyes.

  • ringtail dearly loved sweet corn and he ate until his round, furry sides were distended and he could hold no more.

  • ringtail had, also, another habit which annoyed Pal greatly.

  • His comfortable home was gone, but ringtail was not one to complain.

  • As has been mentioned, ringtail was extremely fond of bright objects.

  • The next night found ringtail entirely recovered from his adventure and once more abroad.

  • ringtail tried in every way to gain his freedom but the chain was strong.

  • Standing with his front feet on the lower rail, ringtail surveyed the house and the cleared ground flooded with moonlight.

  • ringtail was free to continue his way homeward, limping slightly but proud of his victory.

British Dictionary definitions for ringtail


Also called ring-tailed cat another name for cacomistle
(Austral) Also called ringtail possum. any of several possums having curling prehensile tails used to grasp branches while climbing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for ringtail



  1. A grouch (1931+ Hoboes)
  2. An offensive person; bastard, jerk (1931+ Underworld)
  3. An Italian dockworker or one of Italian extraction (1940s+ Dockworkers)
  4. A Japanese (WWII Navy)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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