a bath in which Orthodox Jews immerse themselves for ritual purification, as before the Sabbath or following menstruation
also sp. mik′veh
Origin of mikvahTalmudic Hebrew mikve, literally , collection of water from root qwh, to gather, collect
nounpl. mik·voth, or mik·vot or mik·vahs
- 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.
- A building, room, or fixture in which this bath takes place.
Origin of mikvahHebrew miqwâ reservoir or miqwe collection (of water), immersion pool both from qāwâ to collect qbw
- Alternative spelling of mikveh.