…when we say orange in English, we can either mean the fruit or the color. What laziness led to the use of the exact same word for the fruit and its color? Why don’t we call carrots or pumpkins oranges instead? Or why don’t we call the color pumpkin or carrot? Which came first anyway: the orange, or orange?
Color words are actually remarkably hard to track back beyond a point. They aren’t mentioned as often in poetry as we would expect, and at least a few people have posited that prior to the Middle Ages people were color-blind because there aren’t as many color words used in texts from before the Middle Ages.
…but does anything rhyme with orange?