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A little Eskimo is to take part in winter sports (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ski

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'part in winter sports' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'a little eskimo is to' is the wordplay.
'a little' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue.
'SKI' is hidden within 'eskimo to'.

'take' is the link.

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(Other definitions for ski that I've seen before include "Glide ove snow" , "Walk on snow" , "Journey" , "Aid to movement on snow" , "runner in winter" .)

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