matryoshka

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matryoshka

Etymology[edit]

From Russian матрёшка (matrjóška), from personal name Матрёна (Matrjóna), formerly Матрона (Matrona), ultimately from Latin mātrōna (matron).

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Noun[edit]

matryoshka (plural matryoshkas or matryoshki)

  1. One of a set of wooden Russian dolls of different sizes, designed such that each fits inside the next. [from 20th c.]
    • 2011, Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms, Penguin 2012, p. 35:
      The past is not only a foreign country that we half knew existed; it is hiding another concealed country behind it, and behind that one, another, and another – like a set of Russian matryoshki, in which larger dolls conceal smaller.

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Noun[edit]

matryoshka f (plural matryoshkas)

  1. Alternative spelling of matrioshka.