From Middle English orenge, orange, from Old French pome orenge, influenced by Old Occitan auranja and calqued from Old Italian melarancio, melarancia, compound of mela and un'arancia, from Arabic نَارَنْج, from Persian نارنگ, from Sanskrit नारङ्ग, from (compare Tamil நார்த்தங்காய், compound of நரந்தம் and காய்; also Telugu నారంగము, Malayalam നാരങ്ങ, Kannada ನಾರಂಗಿ).
For other similar cases of the incorrect division (or, elision/rebracketing) of the above Italian word, but in English, see :Category:English rebracketings.
For the color sense, see Old English ġeolurēad; compare English blue-green.
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