What came first the color or the fruit? this was a question that always puzzled me. Today I learned it was indeed the fruit. The word orange comes from the Spanish word “naranja” which comes from the sanskirt word “nāraṅga” which meant orange tree. The English speaking world took the word naranja and dropped the n, eventually the word became the modern word we know today. Before the word orange old English speaking countries called the color “geoluhread” which literally translated to yellow-red.