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[ awr-inj, or- ]SEE DEFINITION OF orange

Synonyms for orange

  • apricot
  • bittersweet
  • cantaloupe
  • carrot
  • coral
  • peach
  • salmon
  • tangerine
  • titian
  • red-yellow
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Mr. Milbrey glanced at the two shells of the orange which the butler was then removing.

"With just a dash of orange bitters in it," another might add.

How could they turn from me to orange frapp or salted almonds?

The flash of orange, the blaze of red, the gleam of green, were what she needed.

It was like slipping on a bit of orange peel in the dark and breaking your leg.

And above it waved the changing flames of red, orange, yellow, blue.

But she did not mention that it was at the corner of Orange Street, which makes all the difference.

There are the tigers also, the brown tabby, and the orange and white.

The nose and pads of the feet are dark, and the eyes are orange yellow.

The orange, or yellow, and the black with amber eyes are also prize winners.


c.1300, of the fruit, from Old French orange, orenge (12c., Modern French orange), from Medieval Latin pomum de orenge, from Italian arancia, originally narancia (Venetian naranza), alteration of Arabic naranj, from Persian narang, from Sanskrit naranga-s "orange tree," of uncertain origin. Not used as a color word until 1540s.

Loss of initial n- probably due to confusion with definite article (e.g. une narange, una narancia), but perhaps influenced by French or "gold." The name of the town of Orange in France (see Orangemen) perhaps was deformed by the name of the fruit. Orange juice is attested from 1723.

The tree's original range probably was northern India. The Persian orange, grown widely in southern Europe after its introduction in Italy 11c., was bitter; sweet oranges were brought to Europe 15c. from India by Portuguese traders and quickly displaced the bitter variety, but only Modern Greek still seems to distinguish the bitter (nerantzi) from the sweet (portokali "Portuguese") orange. Portuguese, Spanish, Arab, and Dutch sailors planted citrus trees along trade routes to prevent scurvy. On his second voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus brought the seeds of oranges, lemons and citrons to Haiti and the Caribbean. Introduced in Florida (along with lemons) in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. Introduced to Hawaii 1792.


simple fruit

nounfruit with one ovary
  • orange
  • pea pod
  • tomato
  • true fruit
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