There are 2 definitions of tantalus in English:


Syllabification: tan·ta·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈtantl-əs


chiefly British
A stand in which decanters of liquor can be locked up though still visible.
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  • More affordable are Victorian decanters and a tantalus, a lockable case usually made to hold three cut-glass decanters.
  • This tantalus is decorated with exquisitely carved exterior: on the top is a vignette comprised of three birds; a chick and the chick's parents.
  • At his Street sale on the Tuesday, there is a pair of late 19th century baluster-shaped glass decanters with diamond-cut decoration (estimate € 80 to € 100) and two late Victorian oak tantalus, each with a very affordable estimate of € 100 to € 150.

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Pronunciation: kənˈspɪkjʊəs
clearly visible

There are 2 definitions of tantalus in English:


Syllabification: Tan·ta·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈtantl-əs
Greek Mythology A Lydian king, son of Zeus and father of Pelops. As punishment for his crimes (which included killing Pelops), he was forced to remain in chin-deep water with fruit-laden branches over his head, neither of which he could reach to drink or eat. His name is the origin of the word tantalize.

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