Welkin Wel"kin, n. [OE. welken, welkene, welkne, wolcne, weolcne, AS. wolcen, pl. wolcnu, a cloud; akin to D. wolk, OFries. wolken, OS. wolkan, G. wolke, OHG. wolchan, and probably to G. welk withered, OHG. welc moist, Russ. & OSlav. vlaga moisture, Lith. vilgyti to moisten.] The visible regions of the air; the vault of heaven; the sky. [1913 Webster]

On the welkne shoon the sterres lyght. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The fair welkin foully overcast. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

When storms the welkin rend. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

Note: Used adjectively by Shakespeare in the phase, ``Your welkin eye,'' with uncertain meaning. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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