rocaille

[ roh-kahy; French raw-kah-yuh ]
/ roʊˈkaɪ; French rɔˈkɑ yə /

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.

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Origin of rocaille

1855–60; <French: pebble-work, derivative of rocrock1
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Example sentences from the Web for rocaille

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for rocaille

rocaille
/ (rɒˈkaɪ) /

noun

decorative rock or shell work, esp as ornamentation in a rococo fountain, grotto, or interior

Word Origin for rocaille

from French, from roc rock 1
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