Origin of welkinMiddle English welkne from Old English wolcen, cloud, akin to German wolke from Indo-European base an unverified form welg-, wet from source Old Russian vologa, broth, Russian Volga
- The vault of heaven; the sky.
- The upper air.
Origin of welkinMiddle English welken from Old English wolcen, weolcen cloud
From Middle English welkne, wolkne (“clouds, heavens"), from Old English wolcnu (“clouds"), plural of wolcen (“cloud"), from Proto-Germanic *wulkanÄ…, *wulkÅ, *wulkÃ´ (“cloud"), from Proto-Indo-European *welg-, *welk- (“wet, moist"). Cognate with Dutch wolk (“cloud"), Dutch welken (“to wither"), Low German Wulke (“cloud"), German Wolke (“cloud"), German welken (“to wither"). More at welk.