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