calico

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Calico used as a bookbinding material
Calico cat

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From Calicut, in India, from where the cloth was originally exported, from Malayalam കോഴിക്കോട് (kōḻikkōṭŭ, Kozhikode), from കോഴി (kōḻi, palace) + ക്കോട് (kkōṭŭ, fortified palace), with ‘y’ replaced by interchangeable ‘zh’.

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calico (countable and uncountable, plural calicos or calicoes)

  1. (textiles) A kind of rough cloth made from unbleached and not fully processed cotton, often printed with a bright pattern.
    • 1832, Michael Faraday, “Experimental Researches in Electricity”, in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, volume 122, DOI:10.1098/rstl.1832.0006, JSTOR 107956, page 126:
      This helix was covered with calico, and then a second wire applied in the same manner.
  2. (countable, zoology) Ellipsis of calico cat; a cat with fur of the colors black, white and orange.

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calico

  1. 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.

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