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From Middle English welkne, wolkne ‎(clouds, heavens), from Old English wolcnu ‎(clouds), plural of wolcen ‎(cloud), from Proto-Germanic *wulkaną, *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.


welkin ‎(plural welkins)

  1. (archaic) The sky, the upper air; the heavens.
    • c1388, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales,
      This day in mirth and revel to dispend
      Till on the welkin shone the starres bright
    • 1739, Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, Bristol, Hymns for Christmas Day:
      Hark! How all the welkin rings!
    • 1951, Bosley Crowther, “Great Caruso Makes Its Debut”[1], The New York Times:
      Miss Kirsten and Miss Thebom are ladies who can rock the welkin, too, and their contributions to the concert maintain it at a musical high.


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  • [2] Welkin, Michael Quinion