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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Calico  \Cal"i*co\,  n.;  pl  {Calicoes}.  [So  called  because  first 
  imported  from  Calicut  in  the  East  Indies:  cf  F.  calicot.] 
  1.  Plain  white  cloth  made  from  cotton,  but  which  receives 
  distinctive  names  according  to  quality  and  use  as  super 
  calicoes,  shirting  calicoes,  unbleached  calicoes,  etc 
  The  importation  of  printed  or  stained  colicoes 
  appears  to  have  been  coeval  with  the  establishment 
  of  the  East  India  Company.  --Beck 
  Dict.  ). 
  2.  Cotton  cloth  printed  with  a  figured  pattern. 
  Note:  In  the  United  States  the  term  calico  is  applied  only  to 
  the  printed  fabric. 
  {Calico  bass}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  edible,  fresh-water  fish 
  ({Pomoxys  sparaides})  of  the  rivers  and  lake  of  the 
  Western  United  States  (esp.  of  the  Misissippi  valley.), 
  allied  to  the  sunfishes,  and  so  called  from  its  variegated 
  colors;  --  called  also  {calicoback},  {grass  bass}, 
  {strawberry  bass},  {barfish},  and  {bitterhead}. 
  {Calico  printing},  the  art  or  process  of  impressing  the 
  figured  patterns  on  calico.