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au·tom·a·ta

 (ô-tŏm′ə-tə)
n.
A plural of automaton.

automata

(ɔːˈtɒmətə)
n
a plural of automaton

au•tom•a•ton

(ɔˈtɒm əˌtɒn, -tn)

n., pl. -tons, -ta (-tə).
1. a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
2. a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
3. a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
4. anything capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.
[1605–15; < Latin: automatic device < Greek, n. use of neuter of autómatos self-acting =auto- auto-1 + -matos, v. adj. of memonénai to intend]
au•tom′a•tous, adj.