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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CALICO

She untied the bit of calico string with fingers that shook from excitement.

She put one trembling hand to the calico apron about her head.

Such is said to have been the origin of roller printing on calico.

He led the way to the settee by the calico and dress goods counter.

She wore a calico apron and had not found time to do her hair since morning.

The Calicut of fame which gave rise to the name Calico is also in this district.

Again he chuckled, half forcing Salomon into the calico dress.

One bit of paper may then be lifted off the calico, and the thread will carry the other bit.

"I cannot help wearing this calico dress," said Miss Calico Doll.

"Yes, they would," said Calico Cat, with a spiteful twist of her tail.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, kalyko, corruption of Calicut (modern Kozhikode), seaport on Malabar coast of India, where Europeans first obtained it. In 16c. it was second only to Goa among Indian commercial ports for European trade. Extended to animal colorings suggestive of printed calicos in 1807, originally of horses.

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