20 January, 2003: `If that chameleon were me...'

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Which came first, the oranges or the colour orange? Oranges, apparently. The OED identifies the first adjectival usage in c. 1600, but the first occurence of the fruit from 1044. Thanks to a colleague for this observation.

Heliotrope is

A shade of purple like that of the flowers of the heliotrope.

-- not, as I had thought, yellow.

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