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Animal in stream heading west (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

wolf

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Here is my best explanation:

'animal' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'stream heading west' is the subsidiary indication.
'stream' becomes 'flow' ('flow' can be a synonym of 'stream').
'heading west' is a reversal indicator.
'flow' reversed gives 'wolf'.

'in' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for wolf that I've seen before include "Lothario", "shovel down", "Seducer - gobble down", "character of Prokofiev's music", "Predatory canine (or man?)", "22A [WILD DOG]", "Lupine animal", "Pack-hunting carnivore", "seducer" and "Austrian composer".)

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