Arcanum Ar*ca"num, n.; pl. {Arcana}. [L., fr. arcanus closed, secret, fr. arca chest, box, fr. arcere to inclose. See {Ark}.] 1. A secret; a mystery; -- generally used in the plural. [1913 Webster]

Inquiries into the arcana of the Godhead. --Warburton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) A secret remedy; an elixir. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster] ||

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