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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.]
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(mikˈvɑ; ˈmikvə) or


(Judaism) Judaism a pool used for ritual purification, esp by women after their monthly period
[from Hebrew]
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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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With its new, modern aesthetic, this "ritualarium"--as a mikvah were then called--was meant to attract women who had lapsed in their observance, put off by the grimy conditions and lack of privacy of the basement mikva'ot.
A woman confided to her psychologist in a treatment session that she had not been attending the mikveh (ritualarium) for the last several months and doesn't plan to in the future, without the knowledge of her husband.
My hunch is that the mikvehs weren't so great in the old countries and women said, 'Honey, build schools first.'" Mikvehs that did exist, whether the unhygienic tanks of the early 19th century or modern tiled "ritualariums" built in the 1930s, were constructed for neither looks nor convenience.