From Calicut, in India, from where the cloth was originally exported, from Malayalam കോഴിക്കോട് (kōḻikkōṭŭ, “Kozhikode”), from [script needed] (koyil, “palace”) + [script needed] (kota, “fortified palace”), with ‘y’ replaced by interchangeable ‘zh’.
- (textiles) A kind of rough cloth made from unbleached and not fully processed cotton, often printed with a bright pattern.
- (countable, zoology) Ellipsis of ; 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.
- Synonym: tortoiseshell
- 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.