- 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.
Russian doll — see Russian doll
matryoshka f (plural matryoshkas)
- Alternative spelling of