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calico cat

a domestic cat, especially a female one, of variegated black, yellow, and white coloring.
Also called tortoise-shell cat.
Origin of calico cat
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Let not the drum major, gaudy as a calico cat, and his melodious cohort, be forgotten.

  • "Yes, they would," said calico cat, with a spiteful twist of her tail.

    Sandman's Goodnight Stories Abbie Phillips Walker
  • He turned away much shocked, and saw the calico cat watching him ironically from the chicken-house.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • Chloe was a calico cat, yellow, with patches of dark and white spots.

    Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan
  • Looking wearily up he saw the great, green eyes of the calico cat fastened upon him in fierce distrust.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • There in the sun, prone upon the top of the fence, dozed the bane of his life—the calico cat.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • Only last night he chewed up the calico cat, and actually, Mollie laughed.

    Mollie and the Unwiseman John Kendrick Bangs
  • Long he lay awake and tossed, while the calico cat wailed on the rear fence—exultant, triumphant, insulting.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • Perhaps like “the gingham dog and the calico cat”, they “ate each other up”.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
  • It was completely empty except for a calico cat moving purposefully toward Manhattan.

    The Most Sentimental Man Evelyn E. Smith

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