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Somewhat heathenish female? (3)


I believe the answer is:


'female?' is the definition.
(female chicken)

'somewhat heathenish' is the wordplay.
'somewhat' indicates a hidden word.
'HEN' is hidden in the letters of 'heathenish'.

(Other definitions for hen that I've seen before include "Insufficient in amount" , "Adult female chicken" , "Domestic egg layer" , "Coop resident" , "Source of eggs" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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