noun Tan·ta·lus \ˈtan-tə-ləs\

Definition of TANTALUS

:  a legendary king of Lydia condemned to stand up to the chin in a pool of water in Hades and beneath fruit-laden boughs only to have the water or fruit recede at each attempt to drink or eat
not capitalized :  a locked cellarette with contents visible but not obtainable without a key

Origin of TANTALUS

Latin, from Greek Tantalos
First Known Use: 14th century


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