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From Russian Черно́быль (Černóbylʹ), from черно́быль (černóbylʹ, mugwort). Compare Ukrainian Чорно́биль (Čornóbylʹ), from чорно́биль (čornóbylʹ, mugwort), from чо́рне n (čórne, black) + билля́ (bylljá, grass blades or stalks).


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  1. An abandoned city in northern Ukraine, known as the site of a nuclear accident.
    • 1991 July 26, “Think Tank on the Efficient Energy Trail”, in Christian Science Monitor:
      A couple of oil shocks, a Chernobyl meltdown, and a Gulf War later, his basic message – the need to emphasize efficiency and renewable resources over oil and nuclear power – is still a minority view
  2. (by extension) The 1986 nuclear accident which resulted in the abandonment of the aforementioned city.
    After Chernobyl, very few nuclear power plants were built for years.

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Chernobyl (plural Chernobyls)

  1. (by extension) A major nuclear-energy accident.
    • 1994 August, “Nuclear chaos”, in Popular Science, volume 245, number 2, page 54:
      Many secret cities were Chernobyls in slow motion.
    • 1999 May 6, Terence Scully, “When cell phones kill our brain waves, we will worry less”, in The Record (Kitchener, Ont.):
      The effects of a Chernobyl disaster in my community would probably be barely noticeable.
    • 2007 September 7, “Imagining a World Without Humans”, in NPR_TalkNation:
      So those would be a lot of Chernobyls that the ecosystem would have to deal with.
    • 2010 March 10, Ben Garcia, “Many Kuwaitis yet to be convinced on nuke energy”, in Kuwait Times:
      It has to be handled properly with great accuracy and no room for mistakes, because if we do have like a Chernobyl catastrophe, God forbid, it could wipe out our entire people.


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Proper noun[edit]

Chernobyl f

  1. Alternative spelling of Chernobil