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On my own I am large,

But give me fruit,

Or an insect,

Or even a flower,

I'll grow small.


Take any letter away and rearranged,

You could have hundreds,

Maybe an instrument,

Perhaps one element,

Or even two.


What word am I?

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You are a ...

dragon.

On my own I am large,

Dragons are large mythical beasts.

But give me fruit, or an insect, or even a flower, I'll grow small.

Dragon fruit, dragonflies and dragon orchids are all quite small compared to a dragon.

Take any letter away and rearranged, You could have hundreds,

Take away the o to get an anagram of grand, a thousand or "hundreds".

Maybe an instrument,

Take away the d to get an anagram of organ, a musical instrument.

Perhaps one element,

Take away the g to get an anagram of the chemical element radon.

Or even two.

Alternatively, remove the d to get argon.

The title ...

has the hint "A Monster of a Riddle". Dragons are common monsters in role-playing games, especially in Dungeons and Dragons.

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  • $\begingroup$ Perfect answer! $\endgroup$
    – Inazuma
    Jun 12, 2016 at 13:52

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