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  • #16
    Well I can answer at least this question of yours PascoDoug:

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    If an orange is orange, why isn't a lime called a green or a lemon called a yellow?



    Before the late Middle Ages there was no name for the color we call orange. (not as much interest in naming colors as the paint companies have since generated). When the Orange was imported from the middle east it was called nAranj (arabic) from which we get the word orange. Since the orange was the color for which there was no name the name of the fruit was applied to the color.

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    • #17
      Hmmmmmmm? But I thought "oranges" were pretty much yellow, until they are dyed orange?!?! (They don't grow around here.)

      Anyhow, that origin of the word probably explains why there's no English word that rhymes with orange!

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