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Plant fake diamond (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

shamrock

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'plant' is the definition.
(shamrock is a kind of plant)

'fake diamond' is the wordplay.
'fake' becomes 'sham' (sham can mean fake or pretend).
'diamond' becomes 'rock' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'sham'+'rock'='SHAMROCK'

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(Other definitions for shamrock that I've seen before include "The national Irish trefoil" , "Irish national symbol" , "Sign of first part of 10 [IRISH [SEA]]" , "Native Irish trefoil" , "Clover native to Ireland" .)

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