a robot having female or feminine characteristics; = robotrix n.
[< gyn(o)- ‘woman, female’ (< Greek γυνή) + android]
Strictly speaking, an android should be an artificial device with the appearance of a male human being. One with the appearance of a female human being would be a ‘gynoid’, from the Greek word ‘gynos’ meaning ‘woman’. However, I have never seen the word ‘gynoid’ used for any artificial device of human appearance. ‘Android’ is used for artificial devices that mimic either sex—or, for that matter, that are neuter.
Editorial: The Vocabulary of SF in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Sept. 8
I am doing a series of photo stories…in the comic book format for Heavy Metal, to appear this summer. We are using a number of naked ladies (it’s an R-rated magazine) and one of these is a very voluptuous female of the very opposite gender—Kitten Natividad, star of several Russ Meyer movies. She will be playing an android…except, thanks to Isaac, she’ll be a gynoid.
Letter in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine June 171
‘This is a meta-genetic android.’ ‘No I’m not,’ said Cho. And the whole room was startled to hear her speak. ‘Oh, I’m sorry. Gynoid, I meant of course.’
Divine Endurance (1987) 139
You’re currently in possession of one of my machines, a Model D gynoid, and I want it back. Now.
Stone Canal (2000) 103
Auguste Villiers de l’lsle Adam in his novel L’Eve Future (Tomorrow’s Eve) may have employed phonography as the basis for a gynoid that would retain feminine beauty while eliminating the noise he found in women’s speech and refusal to reproduce.
Noise, Water, Meat (2001) 98
There’s Actroid, a mannequinesque gynoid who wows corporate guests with her dynamic facial expressions and cheeky conversation skills (ask her how much she weighs, and she’ll tell you what she can bench-press).
Race for the Personal & Service Robot Market in Newsweek 8 Aug. (electronic ed.)
The book’s jackets bemused me. The UK version depicts a shapely, shiny gynoid with a human hand reaching out to caress it just below its shapely, shiny breast.
Turned On vii. 185
Research HistorySuggested by Jacek Dobrzyniecki.
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