One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used in names of mammals and birds that have the tail banded in contrasting colors, e.g. ring-tailed lemur, or curled at the end, e.g. ring-tailed possum.
- ‘The case is complicated by the fact that the ring-tailed pheasant is a non-native species to Cape Cod.’
- ‘She's a ring-tailed lemur.’
- ‘Since the 1960s, Massachusetts state officials have been releasing non-native ring-tailed pheasants through the state for a fall hunting season.’
- ‘Yesterday, the model braved entry to the lemur enclosure to pose with the ring-tailed animals to help launch the competition.’
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