indeclinable exclamation of surprise or bewilderment: alas! woe etc., perhaps in cpd. ahevana a dense forest (lit. oh! this forest, alas! the forest (i.e. how big it is) Ja.v.63 (uttamāhevanandaho, if reading is correct, which is not beyond doubt. C. on p. 64 explains as “ahevanaṃ vuccati vanasaṇḍo”).
= aho, cp. aha1