Stan Bowes, from Diggle, has uncovered some interesting and entertaining facts – you just couldn’t make them up.
THE WORD ‘orange’ has an interesting history. It ultimately derives from the ancient Sanskrit ‘naga ranga’, which literally means ‘fatal indigestion for elephants’!
In an ancient Malay fable an elephant discovered a then unknown tree – the orange tree – and ate so many it died.
As the name spread westwards over time, it changed to the present day ‘orange’.
Incidentally, orange is a difficult word for poets. Though it isn’t true no words rhyme with it, the only two that do aren’t very useful: Blorange, a mountain in Wales, and sporange, a very rare alternative spelling of sporangium (a botanical term for a part of a fern).
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