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calico,

plain weave cotton fabric in one or more colors. Calico, named for Calicut, India, where the fabric originated, was mentioned by historians before the Christian era and praised by early travelers for its fine texture and beautiful colors. Block-printed cottons from Calicut imported into England c.1630 were called calicuts. The name calico was soon applied to all Indian cottons having an equal number of warp and weft threads, then to all plain weave cottons.

Calico

 

(from French calencar, India or Persian cotton material; borrowed from Persian), a plain-weave cotton fabric used primarily for book binding and clothing linings. Calico becomes stiff and glossy after additional fabric finishing.


Calico

 

a thin, coarse cotton fabric of plain weave. Calico is used in the manufacture of oilcloth, Leatherette, and similar products. Chintz and such linen fabrics as madapollam and muslin are obtained by applying the appropriate finish to calico.

calico

[′kal·ə‚kō]
(textiles)
Any plain-weave or inexpensive figured cotton cloth.

calico

1. a white or unbleached cotton fabric with no printed design
2. Chiefly US a coarse printed cotton fabric
3. made of calico

Calico

Calico

(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.
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The buff calico was faded, but scrupulously clean, and starched within an inch of its life.
The child had kissed her uncle and aunt affectionately before she went upstairs, and now she looked around her little room rather wistfully, gazing at the simple trinkets and worn calico and gingham dresses, as if they were old friends.
Joseph, you calico beastie, don't you dare jump on my lap.
The world of tape measures and calico counters seemed so far away; the interior of his quondam lodgings in a by-street of Islington, so unfamiliar and impossible.
Then, you good fella along me, I give you three fathom calico, one fella knife big fella too much.
m that fella boy five fathom calico, two ten sticks tobacco.
Besides, pockets were impossible, for his only wearing apparel consisted of a piece of calico several inches wide.
Somehow, she felt more contented with her brown calico gown and blue-checked pinafore; envy changed to compassion; and if she had dared she would have gone and hugged her afflicted guest.
But Miss Cornelia, who made her calls in calico wrappers, shook her head.
Some calico lay on the table; shirts, apparently, had been cut out and begun, several pairs of gussets were finished, and a work-basket, scissors, needles and thread, and all a needle-woman's requirements lay beside them.
She says she caught yer dead to rights, huggin' a bunch o' calico in de hot-house.
It is not often of much use, but still - He only half expected to find anything useful, but certainly he did not expect to find - not under the collar at all, but stitched carefully on the under side of the lapel - a square piece of calico with an address written on it in marking ink.