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matryoshka Line breaks: matry|oshka
Pronunciation: /ˌmatrɪˈɒʃka/
(also matryoshka doll)

Definition of matryoshka in English:

noun (plural matryoshki ˌmatrɪˈɒʃki)

Another term for Russian doll.
Example sentences
  • As a whole it resembles the Russian matryoshka doll - layers of complexity which render easy solutions such as plebiscite or partition impracticable and call for a more sophisticated approach.
  • The space doll - a matryoshka, or traditional Russian nesting doll - is actually a close-to-lifesize head and torso made of soft material to simulate human tissue, with embedded sensors to measure radiation exposure.
  • Perhaps the best-known lacquered Russian folk art piece is the matryoshka, a series of wooden dolls that nest inside each other.


1940s: from Russian matrëshka.

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