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Fertilise developing plant with Eastern oil (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

pollinate

Here is my best explanation:

'fertilise' is the definition.

(pollinating is a kind of fertilizing)

'developing plant with eastern oil' is the subsidiary indication.

'developing' indicates an anagram.

'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'eastern' becomes 'e'.

'e'+'oil'='eoil'

'plant' put after 'eoil' is 'eoilplant'.

'eoilplant' is an anagram of 'pollinate'.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Another definition for pollinate that I've seen is "Fertilise (flower)".)

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