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

[French, rock fragments, rocaille, from Old French, rocky ground : roc, rock; akin to roche, rock (from Vulgar Latin *rocca) + -aille, collective and pejorative suff. (from Latin -ālia, neuter pl. of -ālis, adj. suff.)]


(Art Terms) decorative rock or shell work, esp as ornamentation in a rococo fountain, grotto, or interior
[from French, from roc rock1]


(roʊˈkaɪ; Fr. rɔˈkɑ yə)

a style of ornamentation incorporating rock and shell forms, characteristic of the Rococo period.
[1855–60; < French: pebble-work, derivative of roc rock1]
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EC cette cadence infernale, on aura sans doute occasionne un cumul de terre et de rocaille le long de l'oued, au risque d'instituer le cours d'eau, tout particulierement en cas de crue.
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Difficile de faire pousser quelque chose sur cette rocaille schisteuse a peine recouverte d'une couche de poussiere pour faire office de sol, et la rigueur des hivers dans ce coin venteux n'est pas pour favoriser la venue de pantouflards.
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e name Rococo is thought to derive from a combination of the French word for rock-rock work, rocaille, and for shell, coquille and was originally used as a jibe to poke fun at the aristocratic fashion for rockwork grottos plastered with seashells.
In fact, shells inspired an entire French art movement: Rococo, a word blending the French rocaille, referring to the practice of covering walls with shells and rocks, and the Italian barocco, or Baroque.
These are enhanced with rocaille and seed beads in the same colors with the addition of lavender and aqua.
In this context Rorschach Curtain could be seen as representing the equally import tradition of ceramics as tessarae, tiles, or other architectural ornaments, its small biomorphic elements suggesting in particular the rocaille of 18th century European salons.
The concept of Rococo originated from the French word Rocaille ('stony ground'), which was applied to small objects (such as stones and shells) that were used to decorate grottos, fountains, or gardens.
The mirrors employ the language of the rococo in the form of rocaille, floral and shell-like forms, and c-scrolls, yet retain a baroque sense of massivity and balance.
Le paysage, nous en jouissons a la faveur d'une pause, quand les hommes sont sortis de la rocaille et des risques du precipice: beaute lointaine du lac tapi dans le cratere.