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Cleopatra’s probably holding reptile (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

asp

Here is my best explanation:

'reptile' is the definition.

(asp is a kind of reptile)

'cleopatras probably holding' is the subsidiary indication.

'holding' says the answer is hidden in the clue.

'asp' is hidden within 'cleopatras probably'.

(Other definitions for asp that I've seen before include "the snake in Cleopatra''s bosom", "Small viper", "It killed Cleopatra", "Venomous snake", "Viper", "Snake, killed Cleopatra", "Poisonous snake", "Egyptian cobra", "Pa's Cleopatra's killer" and "Snake seen in a spa, strangely".)

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