calicoback
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. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The importation of printed or stained colicoes appears to have been coeval with the establishment of the East India Company. --Beck (Draper's Dict. ). [1913 Webster]

2. Cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the United States the term calico is applied only to the printed fabric. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Calicoback — Cal i*co*back , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The calico bass. (b) An hemipterous insect ({Murgantia histrionica}) which injures the cabbage and other garden plants; called also {calico bug} and {harlequin cabbage bug}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calicoback — ☆ calicoback [kal′i kō΄bak΄ ] n. HARLEQUIN BUG …   English World dictionary

  • calicoback — /kal i koh bak /, n. See harlequin bug. [1870 75, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • calicoback — /kal i koh bak /, n. See harlequin bug. [1870 75, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • calico bug — Calicoback Cal i*co*back , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The calico bass. (b) An hemipterous insect ({Murgantia histrionica}) which injures the cabbage and other garden plants; called also {calico bug} and {harlequin cabbage bug}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harlequin cabbage bug — Calicoback Cal i*co*back , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The calico bass. (b) An hemipterous insect ({Murgantia histrionica}) which injures the cabbage and other garden plants; called also {calico bug} and {harlequin cabbage bug}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Murgantia histrionica — Calicoback Cal i*co*back , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The calico bass. (b) An hemipterous insect ({Murgantia histrionica}) which injures the cabbage and other garden plants; called also {calico bug} and {harlequin cabbage bug}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Acrocinus longimanus — Harlequin Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barfish — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bitterhead — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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