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Animal showing courage having lost energy (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

hart

Here is my best explanation:

'animal' is the definition.

The answer is an example.

'courage having lost energy' is the subsidiary indication.

'courage' becomes 'heart' (heart is a kind of courage).

'having lost' indicates named letters should be taken away.

'energy' becomes 'e' (symbol in physics e.g. in Einstein's famous e=mc2).

'heart' with 'e' taken away is 'hart'.

'showing' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for hart that I've seen before include "Male red deer", "Male deer; Rodgers collaborator", "Songwriting partnership, Rodgers and --", "Richard Rodgers and Lorenz . . . . were famous musical partnership", "Stag", "Animal", "Mature male deer", "Beast", "animal" and "Male red-deer".)

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