aic अइच्

Definition: short term (प्रत्याहार) standing for 'the two diphthong vowels ऐ and औ; cf. न य्वाभ्यां पदान्ताभ्यां पूर्वौ तु ताभ्यामैच् P.VII.3.4; cf. ऐचोश्चोत्तरभूयस्त्वात् M. Bh. on P.I.1.48, The short substitutes of ऐ and औ are इ and उ when prescribed cf. P. I.1.48; so also the protracted forms of ऐ and औ are protracted इ and उ; cf. P. III.2.106. They are called द्विस्वर vowels in the Ṛk Prātiśākhya. Śākaṭāyana says they are द्विमात्र.

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