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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 ?
Like certain chintzes, calicoes, and ginghams, they show finely in their first newness, but cannot stand the sun and rain, and assume a very sober aspect after washing-day.
Having provided everything necessary for our journey, such as Arabian habits, and red caps, calicoes, and other trifles to make presents of to the inhabitants, and taking leave of our friends, as men going to a speedy death, for we were not insensible of the dangers we were likely to encounter, amongst horrid deserts, impassable mountains, and barbarous nations, we left Goa on the 26th day of January in the year 1624, in a Portuguese galliot that was ordered to set us ashore at Pate, where we landed without any disaster in eleven days, together with a young Abyssin, whom we made use of as our interpreter.
His calicoes were the finest, or, in other words, the most showy, of any that were brought into the country, and it was impossible to look at the prices asked for his goods by” so pretty a spoken man,” Through these conjoint means, the affairs of Monsieur Le Quoi were again in a prosperous condition, and he was looked up to by the settlers as the second best man on the