n. pl. 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.
2. An animal, such as a cat, having a coat of white fur with distinct patches of different colors, usually reddish-orange and black.
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