noun, plural mikvoth, mikvot, mikvos /Sephardic Hebrew miˈkvɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪkvoʊs/ [Sephardic Hebrew mee-kvawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mik-vohs] Show IPA . English, mikvahs /ˈmɪkvəz/ [mik-vuhz] Show IPA . Hebrew.
a ritual bath to which
Orthodox Jews are traditionally required to go on certain occasions, as before the sabbath
and after each menstrual
period, to cleanse and purify themselves.