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.
A bath in which Orthodox Jews immerse themselves for ritual purification, as before the Sabbath or following menstruation.
Origin of mikvah
- Hebrew miqwâ reservoir or miqwe collection (of water), immersion pool both from qāwâ to collect qbw in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition