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

Origin of ringtail

First recorded in 1530–40; ring1 + tail1
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  1. Also called: ring-tailed cat another name for cacomistle
  2. Also called: ringtail possum Australian any of several possums having curling prehensile tails used to grasp branches while climbing
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