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Develop torso or stems (5)


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'stems' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both related to communication as well as being plural nouns.
Perhaps there's a link between them I don't understand?

'develop torso' is the wordplay.
'develop' indicates anagramming the letters.
'torso' anagrammed gives 'ROOTS'.

'or' is the link.

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(Other definitions for roots that I've seen before include "Antecedents" , "Cultural origins" , "Searches vigorously" , "Underground parts of plants" , "one's ancestry" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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