noun, plural arcana [ahr-key-nuh] .
Often, arcana. a secret; mystery.
a supposed great secret of nature that the alchemists sought to discover.
a secret and powerful remedy.

1590–1600; < Latin, neuter (used as noun) of arcānus arcane Unabridged
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arcana (ɑːˈkeɪnə, -ˈkɑː-)
either of the two divisions (the minor arcana and the major arcana) of a pack of tarot cards

arcanum (ɑːˈkeɪnəm)
n , pl -na
1.  (sometimes plural) a profound secret or mystery known only to initiates
2.  a secret of nature sought by alchemists
[C16: from Latin; see arcane]

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Word Origin & History

"hidden things," 1590s, a direct adoption from Latin of plural of arcanum, from L. neut. of adj. arcanus "secret, hidden" (see arcane). Occasionally mistaken for a singular and pluralized as arcanas since arcana is far more common than arcanum.

proper singular form of arcana (q.v.).
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Become an instant expert of football's regulations and arcana.
He deftly makes computer arcana palatable, even interesting.
Suddenly, the legal arcana, courtroom theatrics and judicial niceties are bathed in a political veneer.
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