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    what is the history/etymology of the word china in the Dominican Republic?


    Is it used in any other country?

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    In Puerto Rico they also call oranges chinas. Not in Cuba, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aegap
    what is the history/etymology of the word china in the Dominican Republic?


    Is it used in any other country?
    As I was in the fruit and vegetable business for many years here, as well as having a juicebar, that predominantly sold orange juice, I was very curious about the same thing.
    It was explained to me that it was simply a matter of colour.
    The chinese are considered to be of yellow skin, as the oranges are.
    It seemed strange to me at first, so I asked several people, and that was the only valid answer I ever got.

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    I had read or heard that oranges originally came from China, therefore some people know them as "chinas". I am not sure if oranges came originally from that country, but that's what I heard or read a long time ago.

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    Here's an in-depth, scholarly piece of research into a question that has baffled thousands.

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    So it is true, after all, what I had read or heard was true. Oranges did come from China! I did not know that the word naranja had come from the Sanskrit naranga, that's the "official" word for orange in most of the Spanish speaking world, naranja. But Dominicans and Puerto Ricans are right also when they use "chinas" for naranjas. Chirimoya, it's good that you and your team investigated this matter. Now we all know better. Thank you.

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    How about the word Chin or chinchin? That seems so interesting to me here.

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    Not everyone in the DR call Orange "china". If you go to the Salcedo province they call the sweet and juicy Orange "Naranja".

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    Yes, I've heard that in Santiago they say naranjas and also frijoles instead of habichuelas. That's what I have heard, people who live there, or are from there, should know.

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    we call oranges china in Santo Domingo don't know about other areas in the country

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