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Good animals on way back showing rapacity (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

greed

Here is my best explanation:

'rapacity' is the definition.

('greed' can be a synonym of 'rapacity')

'good animals on way back' is the subsidiary indication.

'good' becomes 'g' (abbreviation).

'animals' becomes 'deer'.

'on way back' says the letters should be written backwards.

'deer' written backwards gives 'reed'.

'g'+'reed'='greed'

'showing' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for greed that I've seen before include "Avidity", "Selfish desire", "Cupidity", "Rapacious desire", "Covetousness", "Eager desire", "Immoderate desire", "Insatiability", "Voracity" and "Rapacity".)

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