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Did butterfly possibly start to pollute wetland? (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

swamp

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Here is my best explanation:

'wetland?' is the definition.

'did butterfly possibly start to pollute' is the wordplay.
'did butterfly possibly' becomes 'swam' (butterfly is a type of swimming stroke).
'start to' suggests taking the first letters.
The initial letter of 'pollute' is 'p'.
'swam'+'p'='SWAMP'

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for swamp that I've seen before include "Mire", "Boggy land", "Quagmire; inundate", "Bog, marsh", "marshy tract", "Waterlogged ground", "In flood", "Seasonally-flooded lowland", "Seasonally flooded lowland" and "Inundate".)

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