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ring·tail

 (rĭng′tāl′)
n.
A small raccoonlike mammal (Bassariscus astutus) of the order Carnivora, inhabiting southwestern North America and having grayish or brownish fur and a black-banded tail.

ringtail

(ˈrɪŋˌteɪl)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: ring-tailed cat another name for cacomistle
2. (Animals) Also called: ringtail possum Austral any of several possums having curling prehensile tails used to grasp branches while climbing

ring•tail

(ˈrɪŋˌteɪl)

n.
1. any phalanger of the genus Pseudocheirus, having the prehensile tail curled into a ring.
adj.
[1530–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ringtail - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white ringsringtail - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
2.ringtail - North American raccoonringtail - North American raccoon    
racoon, raccoon - an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America
3.ringtail - monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair on the head that resembles a monk's cowlringtail - monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair on the head that resembles a monk's cowl
New World monkey, platyrrhine, platyrrhinian - hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails
Cebus, genus Cebus - type genus of the Cebidae
4.ringtail - an immature golden eagle
Aquila chrysaetos, golden eagle - large eagle of mountainous regions of the northern hemisphere having a golden-brown head and neck
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Once in the canyonlands I saw the crescent moon racing after blue Venus, like rockets, and once I reached a hand and drew five new constellations, known only to me; a ringtail cat, his eyes like lamps, stood at the edge of my bed in the sand and stared.
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From the end of the first line the poem has been unpredictable--and just when we think we know here we are, "comes the ringtail cat.