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Oriental cuisine's finale: a small bird (7)

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I believe the answer is:

eastern

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Here is my best explanation:

'oriental' is the definition.

('eastern' can be a synonym of 'oriental')

'cuisine's finale a small bird' is the subsidiary indication.

'finale' indicates one should take the final letters.

'small' becomes 's' (abbreviation - e.g. clothes size).

'bird' becomes 'tern' (tern is a kind of bird**).

The last letter of 'cuisine' is 'e'.

'e'+'a'+'s'+'tern'='eastern'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for eastern that I've seen before include "Coming from the Orient", "Could be Chinese", "Maybe Chinese", "from afar", "Nearest (anag) - oriental", "Earnest (anag.)", "in Beijing, possibly", "Possibly Japanese", "China?" and "towards the sun".)

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