- callico (archaic)
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’.
- (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.
- (uncountable) The plant disease caused by Tobacco mosaic virus.
- Made of calico or resembling the color of calico cloth, having a pattern of red and contrasting areas; variegated.
- 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.
- 1976, Bob Dylan (lyrics and music), “Sara”, in Desire:
- Sara, oh Sara / Scorpio Sphinx in a calico dress
calico n (uncountable)