Definition: fourth consonant of the lingual class of consonants possessed of the properties नादानुप्रदान, घोष, संवृतकण्ठत्व and महृाप्राणत्व; (2) the consonant ढ् which is elided when followed by ढ् and the preceding vowel is lengthened; e. g. गाढा, cf. P. VIII. 3.13 and VI. 3.111; (3) substitute ढ् for ह् at the end of a पद, or, if followed by any consonant excepting a semivowel or a nasal excepting in the cases of roots beginning with द् or the roots द्रुह्, मुह् etc. as also वह् and अाह् cf. P. VIII. 2.31, 32, 33, 34; (4) ढ् at the beginning of a tad. affix which has got एय् substituted for it; cf. गाङ्गेय:, वैनतेयः; cf. P. V. 3.102.