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According to one view, the city name comes from a combination of chornyi (чорний, black) and byllia (билля, grass blades or stalks); hence it literally means black grass or black stalks. It is named after the Ukrainian word for the plant wormwood. Wormwood, which is used in absinth, grows abundantly in the Chernobyl area. However, another view states that contrary to the widely-held belief, the Russian word for wormwood is not "Chernobyl." Stating that "chornobyl," / "black stalks," refers to mugwort (artemisia vulgaris), not to wormwood (artemisia absinthium). In addition, the fable that Chernobyl = wormwood originates from a 1986 New York Times article that quoted an unnamed "prominent Russian writer" as claiming the Ukrainian word for wormwood was "chernobyl." This erroneous attribution took root in the popular imagination, because it enabled associations with the famous verse in the Apocalypse of St. John (Revelation 8:11) Folk etymologies have appeared after the 1986 nuclear incident, which represent attempts to link the accident to prophecies in the Book of Revelation in the Christian New Testament.