Cotton cloth, so called as originally from Calicut; a printed calico. Calico- printing, the art of printing figured patterns on calico.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
White or printed cotton cloth.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Unprinted cotton cloth.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Cotton cloth first brought from Calicut in the East Indies.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Light cotton cloth, printed in colors.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

" Want calico master," said Luji, after a great amount of talk, " give gold."
- The Ruined Cities of Zululand by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
Or Tom lying on his back in his bunk, with his hands under his head and his eyes fixed on the calico above- thinking, thinking, thinking.
- Over the Sliprails by Henry Lawson
The Lady of Shalott raised herself upon her little calico night- dress sleeve.
- Stories of Childhood by Various