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I know arc as in High

good question
Why is this post not hidden? Don't the rules say not to post something that can easily be found on the DB?
Plz refrain from posting on old answers. If it's been standing here like this it's for a good reason

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Arceus's name may come from the words arch (highest) and deus, which is Latin for god. It may also have a root in the Latin word arcanus, which means secret; sacred mystery. Arceus's name may also come from the word archaic (ancient), which comes from the Greek arkhaios, and is derived from the ancient Greek word for "beginning", arkhē. It could have also come from the Latin word archetypus (original). Alternatively, Arceus's name can be seen as a portmanteau of Zeus, the most powerful of Greek gods and arch (highest). Another theory may be the combination of Zeus and Ra spelled backwards (Zeus being the king of gods and Ra being the solar god and creator, albeit in different pantheons). Those two qualities are shared by the Pokémon. Also, Arceus can also be derived from aureus (golden), possibly referring to its hooves and wheel. Nevertheless, Arceus's name origin and possible theories have led fans to believe that Arceus may be in fact a creator deity in Pokémon form. Arceus's name is pronounced with a soft "c" (or "s" sound) by the announcer in Pokémon Battle Revolution; in keeping with its probable name origin, it is pronounced with a hard "c" (or "k" sound) in television commercials and in Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Its name could also come from arc, as in round/ring, since it's surrounded by one.

-From Bulbapedia

Thanks for not plagurizing trachy amessage from the foundation for a beter life pass it on
Proper grammar makes for a better life too. ;)
Wrong Arceus is the false japanese god of pokemon
In alchemy, Archeus, or archaeus, is a term used generally to refer to the lowest and most dense aspect of the astral plane which presides over the growth and continuation of all living beings. I'm guessing that they just used a bit of Latin, changed it up, and tied it in a bit more. It's an etyomology SF, so there's no way to tell which one is absolutely right. Besides, it's just a game.
it also may have something to do with the greek word αρχαίο(archeo) which mean ancient.
Everything in the above answer is correct except this sentence:
>>It could have also come from the Latin word archetypus

The word "archetypus " is Greek. It's a compound word from "arche" (pronounced as "ar-hee", the emphasis goes to ar" and the letter "a" sounds like "apple", or "accident" e.t.c) and means "the first", the beginning", and the word "type" which means "model", or "(a) form (of something)"...

From "arhee" we have words like: arch, archenemy, archangel, archbishop, etc
From "type" we have words like: typewriter, prototype, typography, etc