from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small carnivorous raccoonlike mammal (Bassariscus astutus) of the southwest United States, having grayish or brownish fur and a black-banded tail.

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  • n. A ring-tailed animal, notably:
  • n. A ringsail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bird having a distinct band of color across the tail, as the hen harrier.
  • n. A light sail set abaft and beyong the leech of a boom-and-gaff sail; -- called also ringsail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ring-tailed bird of prey: especially, the female or young male harrier, Circus cyaneus.
  • n. A small quadrilateral sail, set on a small mast on a ship's taffrail; also, a studdingsail set upon the gaff of a fore-and-aft sail. Also called ringsail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. North American raccoon
  • n. an immature golden eagle
  • n. monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair on the head that resembles a monk's cowl
  • n. raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings


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ring +‎ tail



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  • Also means some terribly nautical thing. See usage note on passaree.

    February 24, 2008