calico ˈka-li-ˌkō noun and adjective
noun: coarse cloth with a bright print
adjective: made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned
adjective: having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
The word calico has appeared in 16 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 10 in “Found in Maine: A 1-in-50 Million Lobster” by Laura M. Holson:
Some lobsters aren’t meant for a roll.
That was the case for a rare two-toned lobster that was plucked recently from the icy waters off Stonington, Me., and which scientists say is a one-in-50 million find. The lobster, split from head to tail into halves of black and orange, was found in Penobscot Bay by Capt. Daryl Dunham when he was fishing in the coastal waters there, according to Patrick Shepard, a fishing scientist at the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries.
The fisherman donated the male crustacean to the center, where it will live in rarefied company for a few weeks. The center already has three other unusual lobsters in its tanks, including a blue lobster, a one-in-two million find, and two calico lobsters, whose shells resemble a constellation of orange and black and which people who fish have a one-in-30 million chance of catching.