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- n. A stork of the genus Mycteria (formerly Tantalus), especially the American wood ibis, Mycteria americana.
- n. A stand in which to lock up drink decanters while keeping them visible.
- n. Something of an evasive or retreating nature, something consistently out of reach; a tantalising thing.
From Latin Tantalus, from Ancient Greek Τανταλος (Tantalos, "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. (Wiktionary)