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In France, he's swallowed by lake of purplish hue (5)

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lilac

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for lilac that I've seen before include "Fragrant shrub or tree", "Lavender colour", "flowering shrub", "Plant", "Shrub with fragment purple or white flowers", "Pale violet hue", "garden ornamental", "Light purple colour", "Flower celebrated by Schubert" and "Shrub or small tree with fragrant blossom".)

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