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Meaning of CALICO

Pronunciation:  'kalu`kow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  coarse cloth with a bright print
  2. [adj]  made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned; "calico dresses"; "a calico cat"

CALICO is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: cloth, fabric, material, textile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cal"i*co\, n.; pl. {Calicoes}. [So called because first
    imported from Calicut, in the East Indies: cf. F. calicot.]
    1. 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.            --Beck
                                                   Dict. ).
    2. Cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern.
    Note: In the United States the term calico is applied only to
          the printed fabric.
    {Calico bass} (Zo["o]l.), an edible, fresh-water fish
       ({Pomoxys sparaides}) of the rivers and lake of the
       Western United States (esp. of the Misissippi valley.),
       allied to the sunfishes, and so called from its variegated
       colors; -- called also {calicoback}, {grass bass},
       {strawberry bass}, {barfish}, and {bitterhead}.
    {Calico printing}, the art or process of impressing the
       figured patterns on calico.
  2. \Cal"i*co\, a.
    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. [Colloq. U. S.]
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