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  1. (adj, all) requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

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Origin of the word Arcane

  1. 1540s, from L. arcanus "secret, hidden," from arcere "close up, enclose, contain," from arca "chest, box," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (cf. Gk. arkos "defense," arkein "to ward off;" Arm. argel "obstacle;" Lith. raktas "key," rakinti "to shut, lock"). more

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