Meaning of Tantalus
Pronunciation: (tan'tl-us), [key]
— pl. -lus•es
- a Phrygian king who was condemned to remain in Tartarus, chin deep in water, with fruit-laden branches hanging above his head: whenever he tried to drink or eat, the water and fruit receded out of reach.
- (l.c.)a stand or rack containing visible decanters, esp. of wines or liquors, secured by a lock.
- tantalus (Thesaurus)