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 (mĭk′və, mēk-vä′)
n. pl. mik·voth or mik·vot (-vōt′, -vōs′) or mik·vahs
1. A ritual purification bath that is taken by observant Jews on certain occasions, as before marriage or after menstruation or childbirth, or when converting to Orthodox or Conservative Judaism.
2. A building, room, or fixture in which this bath takes place.

[Hebrew miqwâ, reservoir or miqwe, collection (of water), immersion pool, both from qāwâ, to collect; see qbw in Semitic roots.]


(mikˈvɑ; ˈmikvə) or


(Judaism) Judaism a pool used for ritual purification, esp by women after their monthly period
[from Hebrew]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mikvah - (Hebrew) a ritual purification and cleansing bath that Orthodox Jews take on certain occasions (as before Sabbath or after menstruation)
bath - you soak and wash your body in a bathtub; "he has a good bath every morning"
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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