Cal·i·co n.; pl. Calicoes
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. [Eng.]
The importation of printed or stained colicoes appears to have been coeval with the establishment of the East India Company. --Beck (Draper's 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 Zool., 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.
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.]
adj 1: made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned;
"calico dresses"; "a calico cat"
2: 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" [syn: motley, multicolor, multicolour, multicolored,
multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured,
piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured]
n : coarse cloth with a bright print
[also: calicoes (pl)]