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Lacking nucleus, fermenting yeast is swelling (4)

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stye

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'is swelling' is the definition.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for stye that I've seen before include "Eyelid infection", "Infected swelling of the eye", "Eye blemish", "pain for the observer", "Animal pen", "Ocular inflammation", "Eyelid affliction", "An inflamed swelling on eyelid", "Pen" and "Infection of eyelid".)

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