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Tailless African river duck (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

nil

Here is my best explanation:

'duck' is the definition.

'tailless african river' is the subsidiary indication.

'tailless' means to remove the last letter.

'african river' becomes 'nile' (I've seen this before).

'nile' with its last letter removed is 'nil'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for nil that I've seen before include "Naught", "Zero, no score", "You get nothing", "Nothing, naught", "love", "Nothing, zilch", "0", "Non-existent", "Love" and "none".)

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