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Lest we forget:
orange - c.1380, from O.Fr. orenge, from M.L. pomum de
orenge, alt. of Ar. naranj, from Pers. narang, from Sansk.
naranga-s "orange tree." Loss of initial n- probably due to
confusion with definite article. Introduced in Florida (along with
lemons) 1513 by Sp. explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.
Introduced to Hawaii 1792. Not used as the name of a color
until 1542. Orangemen refers to Irish secret society founded
1795 in Belfast, named for William of Orange (who became
William III of England), of the Ger. House of Nassau; the
name from the town of Orange on the Rhone in France, which
was part of the principality, so called because it was said to
have been a center for importing oranges.
Citrus is, in last consequence, derived from Greek
kedromÍlon "apple of cedar" (Greek mÍlon is cognate to
Latin malum "apple"); this name, however, did not signify
lemon, but citron (see above), whose cultivation in Egypt is reported by Greek travelers.
The Romans, then, shortened the Greek name to citrus.
For the botanical species name, limon, and the English name lemon, see lime.
The German formation Zitronatzitrone "citron", rather puzzling at first sight, is a simple
compound (primary word Zitrone "lemon", determinative element Zitronat "succade")
meaning "lemon whose peel is used for making succade".
OP Here's something I'll paste from a OneLook source:
"ing of a bright saffronlike colour; of the colour of gold or brass; having the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum, which is between the orange and the green. "Her yellow hair was browded [braided] in a tress." (Chaucer) "A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First fruits, the green ear and the yellow sheaf." (Milton) "The line of yellow light dies fast away.
<medicine> " (Keble) Yellow atrophy, a North American fresh water bass (Morone interrupta) native of the lower parts of the Mississippi and its tributaries. It is yellow, with several more or less broken black stripes or bars.
Synonym: barfish. Yellow berry.
<botany> The European willow warbler. The European wood warbler.
Origin: OE. Yelow, yelwe, yelow, yeoluw, from AS. Geolu; akin to D. Geel, OS. & OHG. Gelo, G. Gelb, Icel. Gulr, Sw. Gul, Dan. Guul, L. Helvus light bay, Gr. Young verdure, greenish yellow, Skr. Hari tawny, yellowish. Cf. Chlorine, Gall a bitter liquid, Gold, Yolk.
1. A bright golden colour, reflecting more light than any other except white; the colour of that part of the spectrum which is between the orange and green. "A long motley coat guarded with yellow."
2. A yellow pigment. Cadmium yellow, Chrome yellow, Indigo yellow, King's yellow, etc. See Cadmium, Chrome, etc. Naples yellow, a yellow amorphous pigment, used in oil, porcelain, and enamel painting, consisting of a basic lead metantimonate, obtained by fusing together tartar emetic lead nitrate, and common salt.
<chemistry> Patent yellow, a yellow pigment consisting essentially of a lead oxychloride.
Synonym: Turner's yellow.
Source: Websters Dictionary
(01 Mar 1998) "
And I just checked my AHD (1992) and primrose is not listed as an adjective at all.
OED doesn't formally list is as an adj. but gives and example of "the primrose path."
And Mrs Rhuby has just suggested "cream" as being yellow and white, and "aqua" as being pale blue.
Dear RC: I was never able to find a pleasurable termination of the primrose path.All I
ever found was a bed of poison ivy.
(Orange) Not used as the name of a color
Makes me wonder what it was in 1541?
This site lists named html colours.
I'm not sure about cream being yellow + gobs of white Rhu. It seems cream has the slightest tinge of bluish-beige in it. Well the 35% cream does.
Hmmm, now that I think about it, it seems that cream in maternal milk is extremely light yellow.
Remember in Bible, Joseph's coat of many colors. I wonder how many colors it could have had.
"And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they strip Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colors that was on him; And they took him, and cast him into a pit. and the pit was empty, there was no water in it." (Genesis 37:23 -24)
OP If the time of Moses crossing the Reed Sea was about 4700 B.C., then when was the time of Joseph? We could take a look at the dyes available during the time of Joseph and then make a pretty good guess about the colors that could have been used in his coat...
Dear WW: I nominate you a committee of one to report on the possible colors.
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