\tˈantaləs], \tˈantaləs], \t_ˈa_n_t_a_l_ə_s]\
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By Noah Webster.
A genus of wading birds, family Ardeidae or heron family. T. loculator is the wood-ibis of America, which frequents extensive swamps, where it feeds on serpents, young alligators, frogs, and other reptiles. The African tantalus, (T. ibis) was long regarded as the ancient Egyptian ibis, but it is rare in Egypt, belonging chiefly to Senegal, and is much larger than the true ibis.
By Daniel Lyons