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EtymologyEdit

From Latin arcānus (hidden, secret), from arcēre (to withhold), arca (a chest).

PronunciationEdit

  • Rhymes: -eɪnə
  • Rhymes: -ɑːnə
  • IPA(key): /ɑɹˈkeɪnə/, /ɑɹˈkɑːnə/
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arcana (uncountable)

  1. Specialized knowledge that is mysterious to the uninitiated.
    • 1827, Lydia Sigourney, Poems, To the Moon, page 15:
      Thou deign'st no answer,—or I fain would ask
      If since thy bright creation, thou hast seen
      Ought like a Newton, whose admitted eye
      The arcana of the universe explored
      Light's subtle ray its mechanism disclosed,
      The impetuous comet his mysterious lore
      Unfolded,
    • 2013 September 14, Jane Shilling, “The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, review [print edition: Illuminating language]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], page R29:
      This is not, however, a mere salmagundi of alphabetical arcana.

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NounEdit

arcana

  1. plural of arcanum

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arcana

  1. feminine singular of arcà

ItalianEdit

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arcana

  1. feminine singular of arcano

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arcāna

  1. inflection of arcānus:
    1. nominative/vocative feminine singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter plural

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arcānā

  1. ablative feminine singular of arcānus

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arcana

  1. feminine singular of arcano

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /aɾˈkana/, [aɾˈka.na]

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arcana

  1. feminine singular of arcano