• WordNet 3.6
    • adj calico having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly "a jester dressed in motley","the painted desert","a particolored dress","a piebald horse","pied daisies"
    • adj calico made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned "calico dresses","a calico cat"
    • n calico coarse cloth with a bright print
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Calico Cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern.
    • a Calico Made of, or having the appearance of, calico; -- often applied to an animal, as a horse or cat, on whose body are large patches of a color strikingly different from its main color.
    • Calico Plain white cloth made from cotton, but which receives distinctive names according to quality and use, as, super calicoes, shirting calicoes, unbleached calicoes, etc. "The importation of printed or stained colicoes appears to have been coeval with the establishment of the East India Company"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calico Properly, any white cotton cloth: as, unbleached calico, shirting-calico, etc. Calico was first manufactured in India, whence it was introduced into Europe.
    • n calico In the United States, printed cotton cloth of a coarser quality than muslin.
    • calico Made of calico: as, a calico gown.
    • calico Resembling printed cotton or calico; spotted; piebald: as, a calico horse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calico kal′i-kō a cotton cloth, first brought from Calicut in India: plain white unprinted cotton cloth, bleached or unbleached: coarse printed cotton cloth
    • adj Calico made of calico: spotted—n. Cal′ico-print′er, one employed in printing calicoes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called because first imported from Calicut, in the East Indies: cf. F. calicot,


In literature:

You ought to see that Calico Clown!
"The Story of a Nodding Donkey" by Laura Lee Hope
A brown calico of scant pattern clung in lank folds to her thin and bony figure.
"Captured by the Navajos" by Charles A. Curtis
Some of de 'omans wore homespun dresses, but most of 'em had a calico dress what was saved special for Sunday meetin' wear.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
All de cloth was home-made 'cept de calico for de best Sunday dresses.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Even the squaws and children gamble for beads and bright-colored calico.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
In fact, Mary Elizabeth had not much of anything but a short pink calico dress, a little red cotton-and-wool shawl, and her long name.
"The Ontario Readers" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Before leaving Mr. Fetler's Wednesday morning I had donned a dark-green calico.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
Calico stood drooping sleepily in one of the smaller corrals and Harris moved toward him, intending to ride over with the rest of the men.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Calico, chambric and gingham were the materials which our party dresses were made of.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
She sat on a log, her spools and scissors beside her, billows of homespun and calico about her feet.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner

In poetry:

Calicoes and furs,
Pocket-books and scarfs,
Razor strops and knives
(Patterns in check…
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
No slippers or satin
Could make thee as sweet
As thy calico frock
And thy tiny, bare feet.
"Alfred to Emma - A Rural Love Sonnet" by Joseph Warren Watson
Here is a scrap of red and brown,
Like the old washer-woman's gown;
And here is muslin, pink and green,
And bits of calico between;
"The Sparrow's Nest" by Mary Botham Howitt
Your gown of checkered calico,
The tire of pink, I see them yet;
Your little shoes not made for show,
The clean and scalloped pantalet.
"Maid And Boy" by John Albee
To expect that we, Peers of high birth,
Should waste our illustrious acres,
For no other purpose on earth
Than to fatten curst calico-makers! —
"Cotton and Corn" by Thomas Moore
The strong pine rafters creaked and strained,
’Til we thought that the roof would go;
And we felt the box-bark walls bend in
And bulge like calico.
"The Legend of Cooee Gully" by Henry Lawson

In news:

The California Department of Fish and Game announced that new sand and calico bass regulations would go in to effect in April of 2013.
Calico kitten found at 4th & Water.
A friendly calico kitten turned up a 4th Street and Water Avenue today.
Caramel the Calico Looks for a New Year in a New Home.
Caramel is a dilute calico female that is two years old and is spayed.
Young Calico cat missing from Aberdeen.
Southern California calico bass are a winter specialty.
As winter sets in, the Pacific off southern California often turns to glass for days, while at the same time, calico bass feed aggressively below.
The Case of the Calico Lobster by Steven Thomas Oney (Act 2).
Calico Chicken Skillet Casserole Food Lion recipes as seen on ABC11 TV.
Titans need Calico , Troupe to step up.
Calico 's Little African Adventure: Part II.
K Road Solar's hopes of getting a routine approval to completely redesign the gargantuan Calico Solar Project were dimmed this week, as a powerful corporate neighbor objected in no uncertain terms.
Dorsey definitely existed in Calico and he became well known for his ability to carry mail.
Plane makes emergency landing in Crawford Co. Calico County restaurant fire.