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Jabber in chirpy mode, excitedly (10)

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I believe the answer is:

hypodermic

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Here is my best explanation:

'jabber' is the definition.

Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I don't understand how they can define each other.

'chirpy mode excitedly' is the subsidiary indication.

'excitedly' indicates an anagram.

'chirpy'+'mode'='chirpymode'

'chirpymode' anagrammed gives 'hypodermic'.

'in' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Another definition for hypodermic that I've seen is "Type of syringe".)

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