rocaille

rocaille

[roh-kahy; French raw-kah-yuh]
noun
Fine Arts. any of the fantastic ornamental, often asymmetrical, combinations characteristic of the Rococo period, consisting of rock, shell, and plant forms combined with artificial forms, esp C -curves.

Origin:
1855–60; < French: pebble-work, derivative of roc rock1

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rocaille (rɒˈkaɪ)
 
n
decorative rock or shell work, esp as ornamentation in a rococo fountain, grotto, or interior
 
[from French, from rocrock1]

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