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tocsin

More eldritch verbiage from The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

SYLLABICATION: toc·sin

PRONUNCIATION: tŏk’sĭn

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).

Source: Bartelby.com.

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