ar|cane

ar|cane
ar|cane «ahr KAYN», adjective.
understood only by a few; secret: »

One part of my mind has always been skeptical about dowsers…At the same time I have had to admit that their arcane rites actually seem to work (John Fisher). Figurative. ... all the arcane secrets of machine tools, precision machinery, interchangeable parts, mass production, alloys and tolerances had been worked out here first (Theodore H. White).

SYNONYM(S): mysterious, obscure, esoteric.
[< Latin arcānus hidden < arca chest, box]
ar|cane´ly, adverb.

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