[ kal-i-koh ]
/ ˈkæl ɪˌkoʊ /

noun, plural cal·i·coes, cal·i·cos.

a plain-woven cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern, usually on one side.
British. plain white cotton cloth.
an animal having a spotted or particolored coat.
Obsolete. a figured cotton cloth from India.


made of calico.
resembling printed calico; spotted or mottled.

Origin of calico

1495–1505; short for Calico cloth, variant of Calicut cloth, named after city in India which orig. exported it Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for calico

/ (ˈkælɪˌkəʊ) /

noun plural -coes or -cos

a white or unbleached cotton fabric with no printed design
mainly US a coarse printed cotton fabric
(modifier) made of calico

Word Origin for calico

C16: based on Calicut, town in India
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