Why are oranges named after the color orange and not something more clever??

Strawberries arent called reds, so why are oranges called...oranges

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  • 2 months ago

    Good question I never thought about it like that, idk I guess they couldn't come up with more clever name for them, but they are good aint they

  • denise
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Its a derivation of the Spanish 'Naranja', I think?

  • Clive
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Wrong way round. The colour was named after the fruit because there wasn't a word for it before.

  • 2 months ago

    Oranges are orange

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  • 2 months ago

    Well, and then there are limes.

  • 2 months ago

    It turns out that syphilitic explorers from 500 years ago who were as educated as a modern first grader weren't always the most creative people.

  • 2 months ago

    How do you know that the color orange wasn't named after the fruit?

    https://www.etymonline.com/word/orange

    'Not used as a color word in English until 1510s (orange color), "a reddish-yellow color like that of a ripe orange." '

  • 2 months ago

    It's actually the other way around.

    The name of the fruit came first. The name of the color came later, and simply means "the color of the 'orange' fruit."

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