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rocaille

[ roh-kahy; French raw-kah-yuh ]

noun

  1. 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.


rocaille

/ rɒˈkaɪ /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rocaille1

1855–60; < French: pebble-work, derivative of roc rock 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of rocaille1

from French, from roc rock 1
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Example Sentences

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.

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