Language Quiz / Fruit Name Origins

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Old English, meaning 'type of fruit' or 'fruit in general.' This word served as a generic term for all fruit up into the 17th century
Latin, meaning 'early-ripening,' as this fruit was considered to be a peach that ripened more quickly than its cousins. It shares its root with the word 'precocious'
Nahuatl, meaning this fruit as well as also meaning 'testicle.' Many languages have a similar-sounding word that means 'lawyer'
Anglo-French, meaning 'raisin from Corinth.' From the 1500s this word also names the red or black berry of an unrelated northern European plant
Italian, the name of a Papal estate near Rome where the fruit was first grown in Europe. The place's name means 'singing wolf' according to folk etymology
Spanish and Portuguese, meaning 'grinning face.' The name references the three depressions on the base of this fruit
Greek, meaning 'finger or toe.' It could be because the fruit resembles a human finger, or because the plant's leaves resemble a hand
Malay, meaning 'thorn' or 'prickle,' due to this fruit's rind
German, meaning 'curly.' It's equally possible that the fruit gets its name from the bird, though there's no specific evidence to prove it
Proto-Germanic, meaning 'bent, or hooked.' This could refer to a vine hook used to pick the fruit
English, from the 1570s, meaning 'a sticky, sweet substance found in small drops on trees and plants.' It was applied to the cantaloupe-melon hybrid in 1916
Cantonese, meaning 'golden orange'
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Malay, meaning 'citrus fruit.' Two similar fruits share this common origin
Greek, meaning 'like the drink of the gods,' which in turn comes from a compound meaning 'overcoming death'
Latin, meaning 'to endure.' The flower from which this fruit grows symbolizes the death of Christ, as its corona resembles a crown of thorns
Greek, meaning 'Persian apple.' Though the tree is native to China, it arrived in Europe via the Middle East
Powhatan Algonquian, meaning 'dry fruit.' Though the most widely grown cultivar is from Asia, two edible species are native to North America
Medieval Latin, meaning 'plane tree,' due to its flat broad leaves that are used to wrap food or as plates
Latin, meaning 'apple with many seeds.' In modern French the fruit lends its name to a small explosive shell thrown by hand
Greek, meaning 'apple of Kydonia,' an ancient seaport city in Crete from which a superior strain came to Europe
Possibly French, meaning 'rough berry,' or Old Walloon, meaning 'thicket.' The word's modern meaning of 'rude sound' is rhyming slang
Old English, meaning 'that which is scattered,' possibly because of the tiny external seeds that cover the fruit
Literally 'an orange from' a seaport in northern Morocco. That city's name comes from the Semitic, meaning 'harbor'
Ultimately Scandinavian, meaning 'horrible in appearance.' This citrus hybrid was named around the 1930s in Jamaica

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