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



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  • Oh! Its name isn't "those Russian nesting dolls."

    September 9, 2011

  • And another. (The "in room" view is the best, I couldn't find a better picture from the google, sorry)

    I may be developing an obsession with the nesting dolls. They are so cute, even when kiss-themed.

    November 15, 2008

  • Lovely!

    September 11, 2008

  • Here is an interesting spin on the nesting doll....

    September 11, 2008

  • I love sports, most of them anyway (not ice hockey or boxing and the like where people aim to hurt each other). But I like sports for the fun of playing the game, the fresh air and exercise. I'm not a fan of professional sports. I'm also not a fan of professional sports fans. Kinda creepy. I mean, if you love football so much, why don't you put the beer down, take that stupid jersey off (by the way you're last name is NOT "Favre"), get off the couch and go throw a ball with your kid, eh?

    I'm not a fan of the nesting dolls either. Also kinda creepy -- like the big one ate the rest...

    July 30, 2008

  • Sports? What's a sports?

    July 30, 2008

  • The name I've always known them by is "Russian dolls" or "nesting dolls." And I viewed reesetee's list the same way he/she did, hence my comment.

    P.S. Sports can kiss my fat white ass. I am aggressively apathetic about baseball in particular, so that was probably the wrong analogy to draw.

    July 30, 2008

  • I have a Harry Potter matryoshka. They're rather horrible depictions of the actors. And for some reason, Hagrid is the smallest one.

    July 30, 2008

  • a doll. In a doll. In a doll. In a DOLL.

    July 30, 2008

  • Ah, I understand. Makes perfect sense, but I have a somewhat different guideline for adding words to the list c_b refers to. It's not that the thing or concept is so obscure that it doesn't (or wouldn't) have a name, but that the name itself is somewhat obscure. I know lots of people who know of Russian dolls; I don't know many who know that this is the word for them. More of a "What the heck is that called, anyway?" kind of list. Completely subjective, you see. :-)

    July 29, 2008

  • I understand the bilbster's point, and concur. It would be surprising if there wasn't a specific word for matryoshka dolls, given their ubiquity and significance as a kind of cultural icon.

    July 28, 2008

  • Well, the It Has A Name category presupposes (to me) that the thing/concept is so obscure that it seems it most probably wouldn't have a name.

    Try this:

    - there's a word for having rounded buttocks that resemble the two shapeliest hills of the seven in downtown Amman?

    - there's a word for Russian dolls?

    The latter doesn't have enough wow in it for me, so I was inviting c_b to explain why there was wow in it for her.

    July 28, 2008

  • What did you mean, bilb? I took that for a bit of sarcasm myself.


    Will I Ever Catch Up with These Goldurned Comments?

    July 28, 2008

  • Aww, gluppit the prawling strangles, will ya? That's not at all what I meant c_b.

    July 28, 2008

  • i thought most people knew this word! that's kind of adorable.

    July 27, 2008

  • I was telling Reesetee that this word might be a good candidate for the list called "It Has a Name." Is that okay with you?

    July 27, 2008

  • c_b, why would you be surprised that a prime cultural icon of a major world society has a name? I can't think of why it wouldn't have a name. It'd be like Americans never having gotten around to naming baseball. "Gee, what is that thing I take my son to every Saturday morning where they throw the ball around and run between the bases if they hit it?"

    July 26, 2008

  • Cool! Added. :-)

    July 25, 2008

  • Reesetee!! It has a name!!

    July 24, 2008

  • A matryoshka doll or a Russian nested doll, also called a stacking doll or Babooshka doll, is a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. "Matryoshka" is a derivative of the Russian female first name "Matryona", which is traditionally associated with a fat, robust Russian woman.

    July 21, 2008

  • Russian hollow wooden doll. (from Phrontistery)

    May 23, 2008