Mikvah meaning

mĭkvə, mēk-vä
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.
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A building, room, or fixture in which this bath takes place.
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A bath in which Orthodox Jews immerse themselves for ritual purification, as before the Sabbath or following menstruation.
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Alternative spelling of mikveh.
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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