More eldritch verbiage from The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
NOUN: 1a. An alarm sounded on a bell. b. A bell used to sound an alarm. 2. A warning; an omen.
ETYMOLOGY: French, alteration of toquassen, from Old French touque-sain, from Old Provençal tocasenh : tocar, to strike (from Vulgar Latin *toccāre) + senh, bell (from Late Latin signum, from Latin, signal).