Sunday, October 27, 2013

Orange and orange

In a previous post, I looked at the sound for the word tea and the letter T in various European languages and found that they are the same in several languages. Recently I noticed that the fruit "orange" and the color "orange" are described by the same word in English.  In what other languages are they described by the same word?
This is true in Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Spanish and French, but not Dutch.  In the Dutch language, the color is called oranje (coincidentally orange is the national color of the Netherlands because it is also the name of the Dutch Royal family, derived from the name of a French principality belonging to their ancestor Willem de Zwijger), while the fruit is called sinaasappel or appelsien.  I wonder what other languages have different words for these two concepts as well?

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