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  1. having the tail ringed with alternating colors, as a raccoon.
  2. having a coiled tail.
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Also ringtail.

Origin of ring-tailed

First recorded in 1715–25
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Examples from the Web for ring-tailed

Historical Examples of ring-tailed

  • I guess ol' Dan's the idee, if you can drive him; he's a ring-tailed snorter.

    Wayside Courtships

    Hamlin Garland

  • “‘The Ring-tailed Smasher,’” roared the captain, seizing the poker.

    Freaks on the Fells

    R.M. Ballantyne

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

  • They are not, however, ring-tailed, though the tip of the tail is generally white.

  • "That appeals ter me as a ring-tailed roarer of a good idee," announced Buck Bradley, when he had finished.

British Dictionary definitions for ring-tailed


  1. (of an animal) having a tail marked with rings of a distinctive colour
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