cal·​i·​co | \ ˈka-li-ˌkō How to pronounce calico (audio) \
plural calicoes or calicos

Definition of calico

1a : cotton cloth imported from India
b British : a plain white cotton fabric that is heavier than muslin
c : 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

Other Words from calico

calico adjective

Examples of calico in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Princess Peony was one of two calico Persian cats that Stewart owned; the other being Empress Tang, according to Stewart's official website. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 24 July 2022 And Freckles, a calico lobster, resides at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Princess Peony was one of two calico Persian cats that Stewart owned, the other being Empress Tang, according to Stewart's official website. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 In her Lincoln cranny, every wall was papered with a floral pattern inspired by 19th-century calico. Nina Molina, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 The full-length profile emphasizes the French cut and fashion of the sitter’s dress, which the Way sisters carefully constructed out of a fine calico fabric. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 Animal: Rosie, 1-year-old, 8-pound, female, domestic short hair cat with a calico coat. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 Sora, our shy calico, also a rescue, grew even more reclusive. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 As people wander below, the calico cat sits above them from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. local time each day. Jacorey Moon,, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of calico

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for calico

Calicut, India

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cal·​i·​co | \ ˈka-li-ˌkō \
plural calicoes or calicos

Kids Definition of calico

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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