calico

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Etymology[edit]

From Calicut, in India, from where the cloth was originally exported, from Malayalam കോഴിക്കോട് (kōḻikkōṭ, Kozhikode), from koyil (koyil, palace) + kota (kota, fort), “fortified palace”, with ‘y’ replaced by interchangeable ‘zh’.[script?]

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calico

  1. Having a pattern of red and contrasting areas, resembling the color of calico cloth.
    The calico cat had distinctive red and dark markings.
    The calico-patterned tablecloths were supposed to make the restaurant look rustic; instead, they made it look run down.

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Noun[edit]

calico (plural calicos or calicoes)

  1. A kind of rough cloth, often printed with a bright pattern.
  2. A cat with fur of the colors black, white and orange.

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