from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coarse, brightly printed cloth.
- n. Chiefly British A plain white cotton cloth, heavier than muslin.
- n. An animal, such as a cat, having a coat that is mottled in tones of white with red and black.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a pattern of red and contrasting areas, resembling the color of calico cloth.
- n. A kind of rough cloth, often printed with a bright pattern.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Plain white cloth made from cotton, but which receives distinctive names according to quality and use
- n. Cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern.
- adj. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, any white cotton cloth: as, unbleached calico, shirting-calico, etc. Calico was first manufactured in India, whence it was introduced into Europe.
- n. In the United States, printed cotton cloth of a coarser quality than muslin.
- Made of calico: as, a calico gown.
- Resembling printed cotton or calico; spotted; piebald: as, a calico horse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. coarse cloth with a bright print
- adj. made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned
- adj. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
After Calicut .(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Calicut, in India, from where the cloth was originally exported, from Malayalam കോഴിക്കോട് ("Kozhikode"), from koyil ("palace") + kota ("fort"), “fortified palace”, with ‘y’ replaced by interchangeable ‘zh’. (Wiktionary)