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A matryoshka doll, a Babushka doll or a Russian nested doll, also called a stacking doll, is a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. “Matryoshka” (Матрёшка) is a derivative of the Russian female first name “Matryona”, which was a very popular name among peasants in old Russia. The name “Matryona” in turn is related to the Latin root, “mater” and means Mother. So the name is closely connected with motherhood and in turn the doll has come to symbolize fertility.

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