Oranges Before Orange

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The first instance of the word dates back to the 13th century, where it was referred to as "pume orange," an adaptation from the old French "pomme d'orenge". In reference to the color, the word was first used in the 16th century. If it weren't for the fruit orange, the color would likely just be known as geolurēad, or yellow-red.

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