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Something growing in the wood (5)


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'wood' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I don't see how they can define each other.

'something growing in' is the wordplay.
I cannot really understand how this works, but
'in' is within the answer.
This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).

'the' is the link.

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(Other definitions for grain that I've seen before include "Structure of wood" , "Cereal crops" , "Small particle - weight" , "Tiny amount" , "Character" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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