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

    The House in Good Taste

    Elsie de Wolfe
  • He had a most marvelous power of invention and lavished ornament on everything, carrying the rocaille style to its utmost limit.

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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