calamanco

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Spanish calamaco, from Late Latin calamaucus (skullcap)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌkæləˈmæŋkoʊ/

Noun[edit]

calamanco (plural calamancoes or calamancos)

  1. A glossy woolen fabric with striped or checkered designs.
    • 1765, Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman:
      What a fuss thou makest!—as if it concern'd the good people to be inform'd, That a man with pale face, and clad in black, had the honour to be driven into Paris at nine o'clock at night, by a postilion in a tawny yellow jerkin turned up with red calamanco———