E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A character in the Battle of Alcazar (1594) by George Peele. It is referred to by Pistol in 2 Henry IV., act ii. 4; and Sir W. Scott uses the word over and over again as the synonym of lady-love, sweetheart, charmer. Sir Walter always spells the word Calliplis, but Peele calls it Caliplis. The drunken Mike Lambourne says to Amy Robsart
Hark ye, most fair Callipolis, or most lovely countess of clouts, and divine duchess of dark corners.Kenilworth, chap. xxxiii.
And the modest Roland Græme calls the beautiful Catherine his most fair Calliplis. (The Abbot, chap. xi.)