Tantalus

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From Ancient Greek Τάνταλος (Tántalos, Tantalus), a Phrygian king in Greek mythology who was condemned to stand in a pool of water which receded every time he tried to drink, and with overhanging branches of fruit which pulled back whenever he tried to eat.

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Tantalus m

  1. (obsolete) Mycteria, the genus of certain storks.

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English[edit]

The torment of Tantalus, 1655

Etymology[edit]

Latin Tantalus, from Ancient Greek Τάνταλος (Tántalos).

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Proper noun[edit]

Tantalus

  1. (Greek mythology) 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.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin Tantalus.

Proper noun[edit]

Tantalus m (proper noun, strong, genitive Tantalus)

  1. (Greek mythology) Tantalus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Τάνταλος (Tántalos)

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Tantalus m sg (genitive Tantalī); second declension

  1. (Greek mythology) Tantalus

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular
Nominative Tantalus
Genitive Tantalī
Dative Tantalō
Accusative Tantalum
Ablative Tantalō
Vocative Tantale

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