mikveh

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From Hebrew מִקְוֶה ‎(mikvé, collection [of water]).

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mikveh ‎(plural mikvehs or mikveot)

  1. (Judaism) A ritual bath in which various Jewish purifications are performed.
    • 2006, Howard Jacobson, Kalooki Nights, Vintage 2007, page 197:
      On the night before her wedding Channa Washinsky would certainly have immersed herself in the ritually cleansing waters of the mikveh.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 365:
      Adjacent were the remains of a mikvah bath for the ritual purification of women, and a kosher abattoir for the ritual slaughter of beasts [...].