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cal·i·co

 (kăl′ĭ-kō′)
n. pl. cal·i·coes or cal·i·cos
1.
a. A tightly woven cotton cloth having a repeating, often floral design.
b. Chiefly British A plain white cotton cloth, heavier than muslin.
2. An animal, such as a cat, having a coat of white fur with distinct patches of different colors, usually reddish-orange and black.

[After Calicut.]

cal′i·co adj.

calico

(ˈkælɪˌkəʊ)
n, pl -coes or -cos
1. (Textiles) a white or unbleached cotton fabric with no printed design
2. (Textiles) chiefly US a coarse printed cotton fabric
3. (Textiles) (modifier) made of calico
[C16: based on Calicut, town in India]

cal•i•co

(ˈkæl ɪˌkoʊ)

n., pl. -coes, -cos,
adj. n.
1. a plain-woven cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern, usu. on one side.
2. Brit. plain white cotton cloth.
3. an animal having a spotted or particolored coat.
adj.
4. made of calico.
5. mottled or variegated in color.
6. (of a domestic cat) having a variegated white, black, red, and cream coat.
[1495–1505; short for Calico cloth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calico - coarse cloth with a bright print
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Adj.1.calico - made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned; "calico dresses"; "a calico cat"
2.calico - having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightlycalico - having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied daisies"
colored, coloured, colorful - having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"
Translations

calico

[ˈkælɪkəʊ]
A. N (calicoes or calicos (pl)) → calicó m, percal m
B. ADJ [jacket, shirt etc] → de percal

calico

[ˈkælɪkəʊ] n
(British)calicot m
(US)indienne f

calico

nKattun m

calico

[ˈkælɪˌkəʊ] n(tela di) cotone m grezzo (Am) → cotonina stampata
References in classic literature ?
She done out a tub of clothes on Monday, but she starched 'em afore they was wrenched, and blued a pink calico dress till I thought I should a died a laughin.
The poor little houses lighted by kerosene lamps, the smoke from the chimneys mounting straight up into the clear air, the grunting of pigs, the women clad in cheap calico dresses and washing dishes in the kitchens, the footsteps of men coming out of the houses and going off to the stores and saloons of Main Street, the dogs barking and the children crying--all of these things made him seem, as he lurked in the darkness, oddly detached and apart from all life.
We bound it between pasteboards, which I covered with brilliant calico, representing scenes from a circus.
continued Magua, tearing aside the slight calico that very imperfectly concealed his painted breast; "here are scars given by knives and bullets--of these a warrior may boast before his nation; but the gray-head has left marks on the back of the Huron chief that he must hide like a squaw, under this painted cloth of the whites.
Their brisk, withered little dames, in close crimped caps, long waisted short-gowns, homespun petticoats, with scissors and pin-cushions, and gay calico pockets hanging on the outside.
Add to this picture a jolly, crackling, rollicking fire, going rejoicingly up a great wide chimney,--the outer door and every window being set wide open, and the calico window-curtain flopping and snapping in a good stiff breeze of damp raw air,--and you have an idea of the jollities of a Kentucky tavern.
There was two old dirty calico dresses, and a sun-bonnet, and some women's underclothes hanging against the wall, and some men's clothing, too.
There was one passenger in the coach,--a small dark-haired person in a glossy buff calico dress.
Each put on a coarse straw bonnet, with strings of coloured calico, and a cloak of grey frieze.
If calico an't good enough for such a purpose, it isn't good enough for anything.
Moncharmin and Richard were the shipwrecked mariners amid this motionless turmoil of a calico sea.
She was then proceeding to all the particulars of calico, muslin, and cambric, and would shortly have dictated some very plentiful orders, had not Jane, though with some difficulty, persuaded her to wait till her father was at leisure to be consulted.