Welkin meaning

wĕl'kĭn
The vault of heaven; the sky.
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The upper air.
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The vault of heaven, the sky, or the upper air.
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(archaic) The sky, the upper air; the heavens.
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Origin of welkin

  • Middle English welken from Old English wolcen, weolcen cloud
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English welkne, wolkne (“clouds, heavens"), from Old English wolcnu (“clouds"), plural of wolcen (“cloud"), from Proto-Germanic *wulkanÄ…, *wulkō, *wulkô (“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.
    From Wiktionary