rocaille

noun
ro·​caille | \ rō-ˈkī How to pronounce rocaille (audio) , rä- \

Definition of rocaille

1 : a style of ornament developed in the 18th century and characterized by sinuous foliate forms
2 : rococo

First Known Use of rocaille

circa 1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rocaille

French, literally, stone debris, from Middle French roquailles, plural, rocky terrain, from roc rock, alteration of roche, from Vulgar Latin *rocca

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The first known use of rocaille was circa 1810

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“Rocaille.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rocaille. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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