From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Alarum \A*lar"um\ (?; 277), n. [OE. alarom, the same word as
   alarm, n.]
   See Alarm. [Now Poetic]
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   Note: The variant form alarum is now commonly restricted to
         an alarm signal or the mechanism to sound an alarm (as
         in an alarm clock.)
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