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Ageing tree starts to look yellowish (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

elderly

Here is my best explanation:

'ageing' is the definition.

(seen before)

'tree starts to look yellowish' is the subsidiary indication.

'tree' becomes 'elder' (elder is a kind of tree**).

'starts to' indicates taking the first letters.

The initial letters of 'look yellowish' is 'ly'.

'elder'+'ly'='elderly'

(Other definitions for elderly that I've seen before include "Aged", "Long in the tooth", "Getting on a bit", "Fairly old, past middle age", "Not young", "Getting on in years", "Past middle age, a senior citizen", "Ageing", "Of advanced years" and "... or not of tender years".)

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