• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ring-tail (naut.) a studding-sail set upon the gaff of a fore-and-aft sail: a light sail set abaft and beyond the spanker: the female of the hen-harrier, named from a rust-coloured ring formed by the tips of the tail-feathers when expanded
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hring; Ice. hring-r, Ger., Dan., and Sw. ring.


In literature:

Ring-tail monkeys we call 'em.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
And his tail has no rings at all.
"The Tale of Nimble Deer" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The beast was so enormous that just the tip of its tail made a great ring large enough to encircle the prince's body.
"Tales of Giants from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
I w-w-wonder now if it's got a r-r-ringed tail like Steve said.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
Suppose someone should meet you in the middle of Herald Square, hand you a ring-tailed tiger, and then skiddoo.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
His brown fur was long and thick, and his big tail with its seven dark rings was the pride of his heart.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
The tail is ringed with large spines.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
The tail wire is passed through the rear ring and twisted around the body wire a few times.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
A dozen gophers with bristling tails bounded clear of the smoke ring.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
The tail was somewhat short and marked, with six black rings on a greyish ground.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

I'd a swallow-tail coat of a beautiful blue—
And a brief which I bought of a booby—
A couple of shirts, and a collar or two,
And a ring that looked like a ruby!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Soon, soon the days conviction bring. The collie hair, the collie swing,
The tail's indomitable ring,
The eye's unrest--
The case was clear; a mongrel thing
Kai stood confest.
"Kaiser Dead" by Matthew Arnold
Head to tail in a heaving ring day after day,
Night after slow night, the starving mommets crept,
Each following each, head to tail, day after day,
An unbroken ring of hunger — then it was snapt.
"Caterpillars" by John Freeman
"Here is a royal ring," she said,
"That I have found in the green sea;
And while your finger it is on,
Drawn shall your blood never be;
But if you touch me tail or fin,
I swear my ring your death shall be."
"Kemp Owyne" by Henry Morley
"Here is a royal ring," she said,
"That I have found in the green sea;
And while your finger it is on,
Drawn shall your blood never be;
But if you touch me, tail or fin,
I swear my ring your death shall be."
"Kemp Owyne" by Anonymous British
Just when your wishes would prevail,
Some rival bird with gayer tail,
Who sings his strain with sprightlier note,
And chatters praise with livelier throat,
Shall charm your flutt'ring fair one down,
And leave your choice, to hang or drown.
"The Owl And The Sparrow" by John Trumbull

In news:

It features creatures from Madagascar including ring-tailed lemurs, a Nile crocodile , giant geckos, boa constrictors and parrots.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are arboreal and spend most of their time in trees, as opposed to ring-tailed lemurs , who spend more time on the ground.
They share their habitat at the Detroit Zoo with ring-tailed lemurs .
Animal Junction becomes Lemur Central when Zoboo's friends, two ring tail lemurs , come for a visit.
A group of Ring Tailed Lemurs eat from a Thanksgiving spread at the San Francisco Zoo on November 23, 2011 in San Francisco, California.
Deep in the thorn forests of Madagascar live troops of ring-tailed lemurs , the most beautiful and most social of Madagascar's extraordinary primates.
An interview with Red Tail Ring.
It has a long tail that is also protected by rings of armor .
Ring tailed lemurs sit around an ice block of frozen fruit to help them cool off at the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo on July 12, 2012 in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel.
Eastern phoebe can be identified by its dark head with no eye-ring, lack of wing-bars, a tail it habitually dips downward, and a voice announcing its own name.
Phoenix rotary ring automatic (PRRA) pallet stretch wrappers eliminate the need for extra film passes up the load to secure top wraps and then back down to the clamp for final tail treatment.
The eclipse apparently sent ring-tailed lemurs to believe it was evening.
Traditional folk will get a modern take July 7 as Red Tail Ring, a band comprised of Kalamazoo-based duo Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp, will perform at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Hancock.
One of the simplest and most generalized animals known, The raccoon's tail am ringed all 'round.

In science:

This suggestion is supported by various kinds of morphological features (e.g. tidal tails, rings) observed in the real ob jects and predicted by his pioneering numerical simulations.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
It has a variety of internal structures, including an incomplete ring of emission in the center of what might be a waist, with a variety of what look to be wisps or tails of emission extending at least 1.′′ 7 away from the core, more or less symmetrically about the waist.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
The accretion of a tail of tidal debris (the blue half ring in Fig. 3) triggers an AGN with MB ∼ −21 at z ≃ 0.63.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
This is an ultra-luminous infrared galaxy (LIR ≥ 1012 L⊙ ); it is a peculiar galaxy with a large ring and a 15 kpc tidal tail extending to the west, which suggests a merger, although no companions are known to this galaxy.
AGNs with composite spectra II. Additional data
Power law tails and quasinormal ringing were also confirmed using Cauchy evolution [108].
Characteristic Evolution and Matching