Word of the Day / Tapuz: The word the people insisted on having for orange
How the Hebrew word for orange arose from an inconveniently long biblical phrase for something completely different.
The Hebrew word for the orange is ta-PUZ. But this is a quite recent invention. How did this word come to be?
It seems that oranges first made their way from the East to the Land of Israel in the time of the Talmud, where there are references to a sweet etrog (used together with honey as a remedy for snakebite) and a round etrog – which is categorically not to be used...