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tortoiseshell cat


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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  • Between them a tortoiseshell cat purred on the red-tiled floor.

    Tales of the Five Towns Arnold Bennett
  • As regards the tortoiseshell cat, there is a distinct variety known to us cat fanciers as the tortoiseshell-tabby.

  • There was, about the same time, a tortoiseshell cat at the house of a relative which became much attached to me.

    The Cat Philip M. Rule
  • But by day they are as demure and sleepy as the tortoiseshell cat which has taken up its quarters in the dug-out.

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