Is the word Orange a Tamil word?

By Mr. Muthu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,(1st Jan.2007).

Many Tamilians would like to think so! Some argue that the word orange comes from the Tamil words ``six'' and ``five'' respectively. The good news is that the word does come from an Indian language - Sanskrit. Scholars who have studied the origin of words contend that the word ``orange'' comes from the Sanskrit ``naranga''.

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