One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of a set of brightly painted hollow wooden dolls of varying sizes, designed to nest inside one another.Also called Russian doll
- ‘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.’
- ‘Perhaps the best-known lacquered Russian folk art piece is the matryoshka, a series of wooden dolls that nest inside each other.’
- ‘In form it's a colorful matryoshka doll - a story-within-a-story-within-a-story.’
- ‘The system works like Russian matryoshka dolls, shells within shells within shells, which in the end can be impenetrable to legal process.’
- ‘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.’
1940s: from Russian matrëshka.
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