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A French word returned is a particle (4)


I believe the answer is:


'particle' is the definition.

'a french word returned' is the wordplay.
'french word' becomes 'mot' (I've seen this in other clues).
'returned' says the letters should be written backwards.
'mot' back-to-front is 'tom'.

'is a' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for atom that I've seen before include "Elementary particle" , "Something very small perhaps" , "A mighty particle, makes huge explosion" , "Tiny particle, causes mighty explosion" , "A small but mighty particle" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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