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


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of rocaille

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

  • 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 for rocaille

from French, from roc rock 1
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