Definitions for calicoˈkæl ɪˌkoʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cal•i•coˈkæl ɪˌkoʊ(n.; adj.)(pl.)-coes, -cos

  1. (n.)a plain-woven cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern, usu. on one side.

    Category: Textiles

  2. Brit. plain white cotton cloth.

    Category: British

  3. an animal having a spotted or particolored coat.

    Category: Zoology, Dogs, Cats, and Horses

  4. (adj.)made of calico.

    Category: Textiles

  5. mottled or variegated in color.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

  6. (of a domestic cat) having a variegated white, black, red, and cream coat.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Origin of calico:

1495–1505; short for Calico cloth

Princeton's WordNet

  1. calico(adj)

    coarse cloth with a bright print

  2. calico(adj)

    made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned

    "calico dresses"; "a calico cat"

  3. motley, calico, multicolor, multi-color, multicolour, multi-colour, multicolored, multi-colored, multicoloured, multi-coloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured(adj)

    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"


  1. calico(Noun)

    A kind of rough cloth, often printed with a bright pattern.

  2. calico(Adjective)

    Having a pattern of red and contrasting areas, resembling the color of calico cloth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calico(noun)

    plain white cloth made from cotton, but which receives distinctive names according to quality and use, as, super calicoes, shirting calicoes, unbleached calicoes, etc

  2. Calico(noun)

    cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern

  3. Calico(adj)

    made of, or having the appearance of, calico; -- often applied to an animal, as a horse or cat, on whose body are large patches of a color strikingly different from its main color


  1. Calico

    Calico in British usage is a plain-woven textile made from unbleached, and often not fully processed, cotton. It may contain unseparated husk parts, for example. The fabric is less coarse and thick than canvas or denim, but owing to its unfinished and undyed appearance, it is still very cheap. Originally from the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, India. The fabric was made by the traditional weavers called chaliyans. The raw fabric was dyed and printed in bright hues and calico prints became popular in Europe.

Anagrams of calico

  1. accoil


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