Know Your Next Word : calico

16. calico :

noun :

1. A brightly printed coarse cotton cloth

2. (Mainly British) A plain white cotton cloth

3. An animal having a spotted coat, especially with red and black patches

adjective :

5. made of calico

6. resembling printed calico, spotted or mottled

usage :

  • Before Mr. Homer's barefoot urchins and little girls in calico sun-bonnets, straddling beneath a cloudless sky upon the national rail fence, the whole effort of the critic is instinctively to contract himself.(John Updike - Homer's Epic : A Wonderful Painter With No Theory - The New Republic (Washington - DC) : Feb 5 - 1996.)

  • Calico Printing : the art or process of impressing the figured patterns on calico.

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