- See also Orange (disambiguation) for other meanings of the word.
The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 620-585 nanometres. It is the same colour as the fruit for which it was named. Before the orange fruit was introduced to the English-speaking world, the color was refered to (in Old English) as geoluhread, which transliterates into Modern English variously as yellow-red or yellored (pronounced the same).
With natural colouring materials such as paints or crayons, orange or "yellored" is a secondary colour that can be derived from primary colours by mixing red and yellow.
Usage, symbolism, colloquial expressions
- Orange is the national colour of The Netherlands due to their monarchs originating from the principality of Orange-Nassau. It is the primary colour of many of the national sports teams. The nickname of the Dutch national soccer team is Oranje, which is Dutch for orange.
- Orange is the party colour of
Variations of the colour orange
The colour orange is often used for visibility enhancement. Hats, garments, vests and accessories are available for hunters and highway workers and others whose safety relies on being seen from a distance. The standard colour, international or blaze orange is principally used and is thought to provide optimum contrast to colours existing in nature. Telephone and fiber optic cables are often encased in orange polyethylene tubing.
The Golden Gate Bridge is painted international orange:
Orange pigments are largely in the ochre or cadmium families.
Brown is actually on the orange part of the colour spectrum.
Burnt orange is one variation that is used as a school colour of The University of Texas at Austin. Here is a sample of burnt orange:  (http://www.utexas.edu/visualguidelines/vg_colors.html)
Hex triplet = #FFA500 RGB (r, g, b) = (255, 165, 0) CMYK (c, m, y, k) = (0, 89, 255, 0) HSV (h, s, v) = (38, 100, 100)