An example of orange is the color of the California poppy.
An example of an orange is a satsuma.
Origin of orange
- Middle English from Old French pume orenge translation and alteration (influenced by Orenge , Orange, a town in France) of Old Italian melarancio mela apple arancio orange tree (alteration of Arabic nāranj) (from Persian nārang) (from Sanskrit nāraṅgaḥ) (possibly of Dravidian origin)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English orenge, orange, from Old French pome orenge 'Persian orange', literally 'orange apple', influenced by Old ProvenÃ§al auranja and calqued from Old Italian melarancio, melarancia, compound of mela 'apple' and (n)arancia 'orange', from Arabic Ù†Ø§Ø±Ù†Ø¬ (nÄranj), from Persian Ù†Ø§Ø±Ù†Ú¯ (nÄrang), from Sanskrit à¤¨à¤¾à¤°à¤™à¥à¤— (nÄraá¹…ga, “orange tree"), from Dravidian (compare Tamil nartankÄy, compound of à®¨à®°à®¨à¯à®¤à®®à¯ (narantam, “fragrance") and à®•à®¾à®¯à¯ (kÄy, “fruit"); also Telugu à°¨à°¾à°°à°‚à°—à°®à± (nÄraá¹…gamu), Malayalam à´¨à´¾à´°à´™àµà´™ (nÄraá¹…ga), Kannada à²¨à²¾à²°à²‚à²—à²¿ (nÄraá¹…gi)).
- From French Orange, from Old French Orenge, from Medieval Latin Aurasica, from Latin AurasiÅ, from Gaulish *arausi 'temple (head), cheek' (cf. Old Irish ara, arae 'temples', Irish placename Arai Chiach).
- For the color sense, replaced Old English geoluread (“yellow-red"); compare Modern English blue-green.