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Resist work initially with passion in plant (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

buckwheat

Here is my best explanation:

'plant' is the definition.

(buckwheat is a kind of plant)

'resist work initially with passion' is the subsidiary indication.

'resist' becomes 'buck' (I've seen this before).

'initially' indicates taking the first letters.

'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'passion' becomes 'heat' ('heat' can be a synonym of 'passion').

The initial letter of 'work' is 'w'.

'buck'+'w'+'heat'='buckwheat'

'in' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for buckwheat that I've seen before include "fodder plant", "cereal crop" and "Type of cereal".)

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