Origin of orange
Related Words for orangescantaloupe, bittersweet, titian, peach, apricot, coral, salmon, carrot, tangerine
Examples from the Web for oranges
Contemporary Examples of oranges
Duarte owns a small plot of land where she grazes cattle and grows beans, maize, bananas, and oranges.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
Comparing scotch blends with malts is like comparing apples and oranges.Don't Be a Single-Malt Scotch Snob
August 9, 2014
Admittedly, this argument verges on comparing apples to oranges.It Costs a Lot of Money to Look This Cheap: Inside the Weird World of Celebrity Clone Surgery
July 24, 2014
At best, contrasting the campaign to the government was akin to “comparing apples and oranges.”Obama’s 2012 Campaign Prepped for Disaster. Obamacare Didn’t.
October 23, 2013
Comparing Iraq and Afghanistan with Syria is apples and oranges, Kaufman argued.Biden Serves Up 2016 Speculation With a Side of Steak
September 16, 2013
Historical Examples of oranges
The russet of oranges is caused by the bite of an insect on the skin.
Their skin does not cling so closely as the skin of oranges.
Describe the preparation of oranges for salads and desserts.
Weigh them, and allow to each pound of oranges a pound of loaf-sugar.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Mrs. Blair, do you ever cut up bananas and oranges together?Meadow Grass
- the fruit of any of these trees, having a yellowish-red bitter rind and segmented juicy fleshSee also navel orange
- (as modifier)orange peel
Word Origin for orange
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.
see apples and oranges.