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Defences of a large bird (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

alibis

Here is my best explanation:

'defences' is the definition.

(alibi is a kind of defence)

'a large bird' is the subsidiary indication.

'large' becomes 'l'.

'bird' becomes 'ibis' (ibis is a kind of bird**).

'a'+'l'+'ibis'='alibis'

'of' is the link.

(Other definitions for alibis that I've seen before include "Pleas of being elsewhere at the time of a crime", "They're useful to have if accused of crimes", "Defences to charges - was elsewhere at the time", "Defences of being elsewhere at times of crimes", "Defences - was elsewhere at time of crimes", "Proofs accused was elsewhere at time of crime", "Legal defences of being somewhere else at times of crimes", "Defences in court", "Proofs of absence from the scene of the crime" and "Defences of being elsewhere at the time of a crime".)

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