noun, plural calicoes, calicos.
a plain-woven cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern, usually on one side.
British. plain white cotton cloth.
an animal having a spotted or particolored coat.
Obsolete. a figured cotton cloth from India.
made of calico.
resembling printed calico; spotted or mottled.

1495–1505; short for Calico cloth, variant of Calicut cloth, named after city in India which orig. exported it Unabridged
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calico (ˈkælɪˌkəʊ)
n , pl -coes, -cos
1.  a white or unbleached cotton fabric with no printed design
2.  chiefly (US) a coarse printed cotton fabric
3.  (modifier) made of calico
[C16: based on Calicut, town in India]

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1530s, kalyko, corruption of Calicut (modern Kozhikode), seaport on Malabar coast of India, where Europeans first obtained it. In 16c. it was second only to Goa among Indian commercial ports for European trade. Extended to animal colorings suggestive of printed calicos in 1807, originally of horses.
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Calico definition

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all-cotton fabric woven in plain, or tabby, weave and printed with simple designs in one or more colours. Calico originated in Calicut, India, by the 11th century, if not earlier, and in the 17th and 18th centuries calicoes were an important commodity traded between India and Europe.

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Example sentences
Annie was wearing a long green calico dress and white apron.
Don't bay scallops be confused with calico scallops, which are often labeled
Not for a second should bay scallops be confused with calico scallops, which
  are often labeled bays.
So she slips on her old calico dress and hides in his car.
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