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—pl. -lus•es for 2.
1. Class. Myth.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.
2. (l.c.) Chiefly Brit.a stand or rack containing visible decanters, esp. of wines or liquors, secured by a lock.
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