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[kuh-loh; Spanish kah-law] /kəˈloʊ; Spanish kɑˈlɔ/
a variety of Spanish influenced by Mexican underworld argot with a large admixture of English words, spoken especially by young Mexican-Americans in cities of the southwestern U.S.
(often initial capital letter) a language spoken by Spanish Gypsies.
Origin of caló
< Spanish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • calo he spoke in such a manner as to astonish the Spanish gipsies.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • That is Jaraicejo,” said Antonio; “a bad place it is and a bad place it has ever been for the calo people.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • For there be two manner of angels, a good and an evil, as the Greeks say, Cacho and calo.

  • There were two ill-looking fellows in the kitchen, smoking cigars; I said something to Antonio in the calo language.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • Jentham, he come 'ere to patter the calo jib and drink with us.

    The Bishop's Secret Fergus Hume
  • I wish to dispose of the donkey; no one, however, will buy him; he is a calo donkey, and every person avoids him.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • calo John was slain in his tent by night, and the deed was piously ascribed to the lance of St. Demetrius.

  • "I wish you wouldn't speak the calo jib to me, Chaldea," said Lambert, smiling on the beautiful eager face.

    Red Money Fergus Hume

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