A man made by other means than the natural mode of reproduction.
The automaton attributed to Albertus Magnus,
which St. Thomas destroyed with his stick because its answers
to his questions puzzled him, was such an android. Some have
attempted to humanize a root called the mandrake, which
bears a fantastic resemblance to a human being. In modern
times, androids or robots have become commonplace in science
fiction stories and films. (See also Mandragoras)