Definition of calico
1a : cotton cloth imported from Indiab British : a plain white cotton fabric that is heavier than muslinc : any of various cheap cotton fabrics with figured patterns
2 : a blotched or spotted animal; especially : one that is predominantly white with red and black patches
Recent Examples of calico from the Web
Try to wrap your head around this: In Japan, a calico was born who was named Meme (full name: Memebon).
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Origin and Etymology of calico
First Known Use: 1578
CALICO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of calico for English Language Learners
: a light, printed cotton cloth
: a heavy, plain white cotton cloth
: a cat that has white, brown, and black fur
CALICO Defined for Kids
Definition of calico for Students
1 : cotton cloth especially with a colored pattern printed on one side
2 : a blotched or spotted animal (as a cat)
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