What Does word ‘Android’ mean?


I am an android fan like many of you. Today I sought to know what does this word mean so I  researched on the internet about the literal meaning of the word ‘Android’ and here it is ….

Literally, it means “manlike,” deriving from the Greek word for “man” and an ending that means “like” or “similar to”.

In common idiom, it’s come to refer primarily to artificial beings that are manlike in form. (Natural creatures that are vaguely manlike… such as gorillas… are instead referred to as “anthropoid”, which derives from the same root and literally speaking means essentially the same thing.)

Authors who want to be specific that the creatures in question have female rather than male forms occasionally use the term “gynoid,” but this is relatively uncommon.

In science fiction, using the term “android” often implies the artificial being in question is biological in nature (as opposed to a mechanical “robot”). However, this isn’t always observed (the original robots in the play Rossum’s Universal Robots seem to have been biological, and Marvin the Paranoid Android in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series is pretty clearly intended to be mechanical, as are the “droids” in Star Wars).

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