Why are oranges called oranges?


Oranges are called oranges from the Sanskrit word "naranga," which simply means "orange tree." It developed into the word "orange" by way of the Persian "narang" and Arabic "naranj," which eventually developed into the Medieval Latin word "pomum de orenge." From there, it became the Old French word "orange."

Oranges were not named for the color. Instead, the color was named for the fruit, and the first use of "orange" as a color word was not until the 1540s. The name "orange" without the n is thought to have been used to prevent confusion with the French article "un." It may have also been influenced by the French word for gold, which is "or."

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