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A nesting doll that is part of a set and is decorated with the features of a woman in traditional Russian dress.

[Russian matrëška, from diminutive of Matrëna, feminine personal name (associated in popular tradition with the mothers of large peasant families), from earlier Matrona, ultimately from Latin mātrōna, matron; see matron.]


(ˌmætrɪˈɒʃkə) ,

matryoshka doll





another word for Russian doll
[C20: from Russian matreshka mother, highly respected lady]
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As the drug-price problem began to look more like a Matryoshka doll with many nested layers, the potential solutions became less clear.
Her objectivity welcome in a field rampant with bias, she shapes her memoir like a Matryoshka doll, her family's story the frame holding histories within histories of the "fatherland" to which she lost her father--its violence during World War II, its tribal origins, the subsequent colonial incursions that carved one culture into sharply divergent ethnicities, and Titos reign.
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An example of this nested, self-similar organization is the Russian Matryoshka doll.
We employ the Matryoshka doll model merely as a metaphor, for purposes of illustration rather than as evidence.