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[roh-kahy; French raw-kah-yuh] /roʊˈkaɪ; French rɔˈkɑ yə/
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 of rocaille
1855-60; < French: pebble-work, derivative of roc rock1 Unabridged
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  • He had a most marvelous power of invention and lavished ornament on everything, carrying the rocaille style to its utmost limit.

  • After the death of its owner society, in a fit of madness, plunged into the rocaille.

    The House in Good Taste Elsie de Wolfe
British Dictionary definitions for rocaille


decorative rock or shell work, esp as ornamentation in a rococo fountain, grotto, or interior
Word Origin
from French, from rocrock1
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