nounpl. -·coes· or -·cos·
- Archaic a kind of cotton cloth from India
- a printed cotton fabric
- Brit. a heavy, white cotton cloth
- a cat with a mottled coat of black, brown, yellow or orange, etc.also calico cat
Origin of calicoafter Calicut, where it was first obtained
- of calico
- spotted like some calico cloth
nounpl. cal·i·coes, or cal·i·cos
- a. A tightly woven cotton cloth having a repeating, often floral design.b. Chiefly British A plain white cotton cloth, heavier than muslin.
- An animal, such as a cat, having a coat of white fur with distinct patches of different colors, usually reddish-orange and black.
Origin of calicoAfter Calicut
- Having a pattern of red and contrasting areas, resembling the color of calico cloth.
- The calico cat had distinctive red and dark markings.
- The calico-patterned tablecloths were supposed to make the restaurant look rustic; instead, they made it look run down.
(plural calicos or calicoes)
From Calicut, in India, from where the cloth was originally exported, from Malayalam കോഴിക്കോട് (kōḻikkōṭ, “Kozhikode”), from koyil (koyil, “palace”) + kota (kota, “fort”), “fortified palace”, with ‘y’ replaced by interchangeable ‘zh’.[script?]
calico - Computer Definition
(CAlifornia LIfe COmpany) An Alphabet company founded in 2013 by Google and Arthur D. Levinson, former chairman of Genentech. Researching ways to combat age-related diseases, including neurodegeneration (loss of neurons in the brain) and cancer, Calico is involved in bringing the experimental P7C3 drug compounds into therapeutic use. See Alphabet.