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Olive tree's beginning to develop flower (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

violet

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Here is my best explanation:

'flower' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'olive tree's beginning to develop' is the wordplay.
'beginning to' suggests taking the first letters.
'develop' indicates an anagram.
The first letter of 'tree' is 't'.
'olive'+'t'='olivet'
'olivet' anagrammed gives 'VIOLET'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for violet that I've seen before include "Bluish-purple colour as of pretty flower", "Flower; colour", "Colour; flower, source of fragrance", "Purple", "Bluish purple", "Spectrum colour", "plant", "Flower-girl", "William's girl" and "Rainbow colour; flower".)

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