The sky or heaven.
- ‘The loud noise of rushing elephants resembled the roars of the clouds in the welkin, in the season of rains.’
- ‘When the welkin had ceased to ring with their laughter and screeches, it was customary to join forces and proceed arm-in-arm to spend the evening in the town.’
Old English wolcen ‘cloud, sky’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch wolk and German Wolke.
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