- a glossy woolen fabric checkered or brocaded in the warp so that the pattern shows on one side only, much used in the 18th century.
- a garment made from this fabric.
Origin of calamanco
First recorded in 1585–95; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for calimanco
The tortoise-shell used to be called, in England, the Calimanco.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
What should ail them, but a jacket and petticoat of good yard-wide stuff, or calimanco, might keep them decent and warm.Everybody's Business is Nobody's Business
Bathing gowns are made of blue or white flannel, stuff, calimanco, or blue linen.Women's Bathing and Swimming Costume in the United States
Claudia B. Kidwell
- a glossy woollen fabric woven with a checked design that shows on one side only
C16: of unknown origin
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