Rocaille Definition

A style of decorative art associated with the rococo and characterized by intricate rock, shell, and scroll motifs.
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Decorative rockwork, often incorporating these motifs.
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Origin of Rocaille

  • French rock fragments, rocaille from Old French rocky ground roc rock roche rock (from Vulgar Latin rocca) -aille collective and pejorative suff. (from Latin -ālia) (neuter pl. of -ālis adj. suff.)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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