לְקִיחָה f. (לָקַח) 1) taking, seizing. Succ. 37ᵃ (ref. to Lev. XXIII, 40) בעינן ל׳ תמה a real taking in hand is required. Ib. ל׳ ע"י דבר אחר an indirect taking (with gloved hand, by a string &c.). Ib. 11ᵇ יליף ל׳ ל׳ וכ׳ he compares the expression לקח (in Ex. XII, 22 a. Lev. l. c.); a. fr. —2) purchase, acquisition. Ex. R. s. 28, beg. (ref. to Ps. LXVIII, 19) בל׳ נתנה לו he gave the Law to him as an absolute acquisition.—Esp. taking a wife, betrothal. Y. Snh. IX, beg. 26ᵈ; Y. Yeb. XI, 11ᵈ top (ref. to Lev. XX, 14) בכולהון כתיב שכיבה וכאן כתיב ל׳ וכ׳ in all the other laws of incest the verb shakhab is used, but here lakaḥ is chosen, to intimate that one of the two must have been legally betrothed to him. Y. ib. VI, 7ᵇ bot.; (Bab. ib. 55ᵇ קִיחָה); a. e. —3) taking away by death. Gen. R. s. 25, beg.