Definition: or पुंस् masculine. It appears that both पुभ्, and पुंस् were current terms meaning 'masculine ' in ancient days. cf. पुमः खय्यम्परे P.VIII. 3.12. and पुंसोसुङ् P. VII. 1.89. Although पुभ् is changed to पुंस् before a word beginning with a hard consonant, still पुंस् is given as an independent word derived from the root पा cf. पातेर्डुम्सुन् Unādi S IV. 177; cf. also the expressions पुंवचन, पुंलिङ्ग and पुंयोग.