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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 5/4/2017
Derived from Proto-Indo-European *perkwunos or *perkunos, which itself is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *perkwus or *perkṷu meaning "oak tree" or "fir tree". Also compare Perun.In Baltic mythology, Perkūnas is the name of the god of thunder, rain, mountains, oak trees and the sky. His name has stayed the same in Lithuanian (where his name has even become synonymous with thunder), but it has changed slightly in the other Baltic languages over time: for example, in Latvian, his name is now Pērkons.