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ro·caille

 (rō-kī′)
n.
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.)]

rocaille

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

ro•caille

(roʊˈkaɪ; Fr. rɔˈkɑ yə)

n.
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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