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Bottomless sea motif (5)

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I believe the answer is:

theme

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Here is my best explanation:

'motif' is the definition.
(synonyms)

'bottomless sea' is the wordplay.
'bottomless' means to remove the last letter.
'sea' becomes 'themed' (the Med can mean the Mediterranean Sea).
'themed' with its last letter taken away is 'THEME'.

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