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Tree trunk enthusiast (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

chestnut

'tree' is the definition.
(chestnut tree is a kind of tree)

'trunk enthusiast' is the wordplay.
'trunk' becomes 'chest' (I've seen this before).
'enthusiast' becomes 'nut' (I've seen this before).
'chest'+'nut'='CHESTNUT'

(Other definitions for chestnut that I've seen before include "Item for stuffing", "Golden-brown or reddish-brown horse", "Tree - reddish-brown", "Old story", "Stale joke or cliche".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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