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Tom's mare could be a beast (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

marmoset

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'a beast' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both animals as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'tom's mare could be' is the wordplay.
'could be' indicates an anagram.
'toms'+'mare'='tomsmare'
'tomsmare' is an anagram of 'MARMOSET'.

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(Other definitions for marmoset that I've seen before include "Somme rat? (anag)" , "Small monkey - Rome's mat (anag)" , "Take me to arms about bushy-tailed monkey of tropical America" , "Primate" , "Small tropical American monkey" .)

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