Tantalus(redirected from Torment of Tantalus)
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n. Greek Mythology
A king who for his crimes was condemned in Hades to stand in water that receded when he tried to drink, and with fruit hanging above him that receded when he reached for it.
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king, the father of Pelops, punished in Hades for his misdeeds by having to stand in water that recedes when he tries to drink it and under fruit that moves away as he reaches for it
Brit a case in which bottles may be locked with their contents tantalizingly visible
Tan•ta•lus(ˈtæn tl əs)
n., pl. -lus•es.
1. a legendary king of Phrygia who was condemned to remain in Tartarus, chin deep in water, with fruit-laden branches above his head: whenever he tried to drink or eat, the water and fruit receded out of reach.
2. (l.c.) a rack containing visible decanters secured by a lock.