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How The Colour Orange Got Its Name And Its History

In some cultures, the colour orange is considered a sacred hue, while in others it is a symbol of royalty. Traditionally, if saffron wasn't available, turmeric powder was used as a dye for Buddhist priests for their robes.

Interestingly, in Europe, the color orange didn’t have a name until the 16th century. Prior to that time it was simply called yellow-red. Before the word orange came into common use in English, saffron was sometimes used to describe the deep yellow-orange color. This changed when orange trees were brought to Europe from Asia by Portuguese merchants. The color was then named after the ripe fruit, which carries through many different languages. Orange in English, naranja in Spanish, arancia in Italian, and laranja in Portuguese.

Learn more about the colour here!

Image Credits: Tarapong Srichaiyos/Shutterstock


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