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arcanum

[ ahr-key-nuhm ]
/ ɑrˈkeɪ nəm /
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noun, plural ar·ca·na [ahr-key-nuh]. /ɑrˈkeɪ nə/.
Often arcana. a secret; mystery.
a supposed great secret of nature that the alchemists sought to discover.
a secret and powerful remedy.
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Origin of arcanum

1590–1600; <Latin, neuter (used as noun) of arcānusarcane
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British Dictionary definitions for arcanum

arcanum
/ (ɑːˈkeɪnəm) /

noun plural -na (-nə)
(sometimes plural) a profound secret or mystery known only to initiates
a secret of nature sought by alchemists

Word Origin for arcanum

C16: from Latin; see arcane
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