matryoshka

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English[edit]

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matryoshka

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌmætɹɪˈɒʃkə/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧try‧osh‧ka

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, page 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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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

matryoshka f (plural matryoshkas)

  1. Alternative spelling of matrioshka