You can call anything with bright colors and patches calico like your cute calico cat or your colorful calico quilt.

There are many fabrics in the world, including silk, cashmere, and denim. Another is calico, which is made from cotton fibers and is printed, meaning it has designs or pictures on it. A calico dress may be printed with purple flowers or have another wild design. Because calico is brightly colored, this word also describes just about anything decorated brightly. As an adjective, calico means something close to motley or multi-colored. A calico design is varied and anything but boring.

Definitions of calico

n coarse cloth with a bright print

Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

adj made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned

calico dresses”
“a calico cat”

adj having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

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