adjective Tan·ta·le·an \¦tantəl¦ēən, (ˈ)tan‧¦tālē-\
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Definition of Tantalean

  1. :  of or relating to Tantalus :  elusive, tantalizing

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Origin and Etymology of tantalean

Latin tantaleus of or relating to Tantalus (from Tantalus, mythical king) + English -an

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a brief usually trivial fact

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