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noun, plural cal·i·man·cos.
  1. calamanco.
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or cal·i·man·co

noun, plural cal·a·man·cos for 2.
  1. 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.
  2. a garment made from this fabric.
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Origin of calamanco

First recorded in 1585–95; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for calimanco

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Bathing gowns are made of blue or white flannel, stuff, calimanco, or blue linen.

British Dictionary definitions for calimanco


  1. a glossy woollen fabric woven with a checked design that shows on one side only
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Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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