Definition of calamanco in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkaləˈmaŋkəʊ/

noun (plural calamancoes)

[mass noun] historical
A glossy woollen cloth chequered on one side only.
Example sentences
  • But whether made of elegant calamanco or homely flannel, these early quilts are fascinating products of the needles and imaginations of the New England women - and the occasional man - who designed them.
  • The surviving calamanco quilts are most commonly of dark blue, with brilliant pink being the next most popular color, although examples in yellow, white, and black calamanco are also known.
  • I wish you would let Bass get me one pound of pepper, and two yards of black calamanco for shoes.


Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

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Line breaks: cala|manco

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