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Not an ocean nor the sun, 
Something you are when you've just begun.
Don't eat me as I am even though you can.
A party that few seeks, be careful of the freaks.

Shares shade with a viper
And though woods hold a tiger,
In a desert you’d oft not see.
Can you guess what word inspired me?

This one should be less ambiguous than my previous attempt

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Is it

Green

Not an ocean nor the sun

on maps, land is often shown as green where ocean is blue. The sun is yellow

Something you are when you've just begun

someone new at something is often referred to as 'green'

Don't eat me as I am even though you can

Many green fruits aren't ripe yet, you need to wait to eat them later.

A party that few seeks, be careful of the freaks.

could be referencing the rather unpopular green party in US politics (@kayzeroshort)

Shares shade with a viper

poison is often colored green in cartoons and such

And though woods hold a tiger

woods are green, but a tiger's stripes work to camoflage it without the green color because it mimics patterns of light and shadow, as opposed to color.
Edit: Tiger Woods plays golf on a putting 'green' (@kayzeroshort)

In a desert you'd oft not see.

Not much green in a desert!

Can you guess what word inspired me?

Green!

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    $\begingroup$ Nice. Other clues might be related to an American political party and the athlete Tiger Woods. $\endgroup$ – kayzeroshort Sep 6 '17 at 20:58
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    $\begingroup$ Also, a more explicit viper connection: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamba#Species $\endgroup$ – kayzeroshort Sep 6 '17 at 21:02
  • $\begingroup$ Right on! Good job on deciphering most of the lines @kayzeroshort You were right with your comments as well. Was thinking of green vipers, and shade is a play on word for the colors. $\endgroup$ – Sensoray Sep 7 '17 at 12:12

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