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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Definitions for welkin

  1. the sky; the vault of heaven.

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Citations for welkin
As the elegant coach trotted through the warm night air, Rome leaned back and gazed at the welkin, trying to guess which star Home orbited about. Mark S. Geston, Lords of the Starship, 1967
Down washed the rain, deep lowered the welkin; the clouds, ruddy a while ago, had now, through all the blackness, turned deadly pale, as if in terror. Charlotte Brontë, Villette, 1853
Origin of welkin
Welkin comes from the Old English word welcn which meant "cloud." It was a cognate of the German word Wolke, which also meant "cloud."