how to pronounce calico


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the above transcription of calico is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

calico is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of calico in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… tom calico did a very good job building …”

meanings of calico


  1. A kind of rough cloth made from unbleached and not fully processed cotton, often printed with a bright pattern.
  2. Ellipsis of calico cat; a cat with fur of the colors black, white and orange.


  1. Having a pattern of red and contrasting areas, resembling the color of calico cloth.

calico frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word calico occurs in english on average 1.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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