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As an animal I was
once named by a roe
On other occasions
I shift to and fro

I live with my brethren,
together we stand,
If given free reign
We'll take o'er the land

I'm plucky, I'm friendly
I have many names
I'm thorny, I'm driven
and girls use me for games

My homophonous friend
can create quite a treat
Just give it some friends
and add lots of heat.

What am I? Please explain.

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  • $\begingroup$ googling variations on 'girls games' is wildly depressing $\endgroup$ – question_asker Mar 10 '16 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ I'll give you a hint on that one. Consider youth. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 10 '16 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ This one ended up being solved as quickly as I feared. Oh well, I enjoyed creating it. :) $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 10 '16 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ It's a good one, in my opinion. All the clues make sense but none of them are (to my thinking) too direct. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Mar 10 '16 at 15:48
  • $\begingroup$ It took me 20 minutes to come up with a title that didn't give it away too much :/ $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 10 '16 at 15:49
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You are a

Flower

Paragraph 1:

The skunk from Bambi was named Flower, by Bambi the roe deer

Paragraph 2:

Flowers grow in bunches, and spread almost indefinitely from generation to generation if not controlled

Paragraph 3:

You pluck flowers, give them to friends (typically those of romantic interest), there are many species of flowering plant
Some are thorny, not sure on the 'driven' part
Games such as 'He loves me, he loves me not' require a flower

Paragraph 4:

Flour can be used to make a cake!

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  • $\begingroup$ This answer needs a lot more explanation before it can be considered. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 10 '16 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, just wanted to get it in before someone else submitted it. Sorry! $\endgroup$ – LogicianWithAHat Mar 10 '16 at 15:44
  • $\begingroup$ Hah! Thanks for solving paragraph 1! $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 10 '16 at 15:45
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    $\begingroup$ The last paragraph was the one that gave the solution away. The first one was the hardest! Good traditional-style riddle, thanks! $\endgroup$ – LogicianWithAHat Mar 10 '16 at 15:48
  • $\begingroup$ Amusing. I added the 3rd paragraph, last, and feared it would be the one to give it away. - oh and Driven refers to their drive to get to the sunlight, before their brethren. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 10 '16 at 15:50

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