Meaning of Tantalus

Tan•ta•lus

Pronunciation: (tan'tl-us), [key]
— pl. -lus•es
  1. 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.
  2. (l.c.)a stand or rack containing visible decanters, esp. of wines or liquors, secured by a lock.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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