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calico

[kal-i-koh] /ˈkæl ɪˌkoʊ/
noun, plural calicoes, calicos.
1.
a plain-woven cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern, usually on one side.
2.
British. plain white cotton cloth.
3.
an animal having a spotted or particolored coat.
4.
Obsolete. a figured cotton cloth from India.
adjective
5.
made of calico.
6.
resembling printed calico; spotted or mottled.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; short for Calico cloth, variant of Calicut cloth, named after city in India which orig. exported it
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Examples from the web for calico
  • Annie was wearing a long green calico dress and white apron.
  • Don't bay scallops be confused with calico scallops, which are often labeled bays.
  • 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.
  • And yes, on occasion, stuffed calico horses are brought out to be flagellated.
  • When his outfit was worn out, he replaced the fine linen by calico at fourteen sous the ell.
  • Another series of separates is of gold cot- ton in a calico print of tiny tan flowers framed in turquoise rosebuds.
  • These last are lined by cotton printed with sailing vessels, by flowered cotton, or by calico prints.
  • calico has new and exciting ways to visit this year.
  • Chintz is calico cloth printed with flowers and other devices in different colours.
British Dictionary definitions for calico

calico

/ˈkælɪˌkəʊ/
noun (pl) -coes, -cos
1.
a white or unbleached cotton fabric with no printed design
2.
(mainly US) a coarse printed cotton fabric
3.
(modifier) made of calico
Word Origin
C16: based on Calicut, town in India
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Word Origin and History for calico
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for calico

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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