plural Bellabella or Bellabellas
: a Wakashan people or group of peoples of the coast of British Columbia
: a member of the Bellabella people or group of peoples
: the language of the Bellabella people

Word History


borrowed (with conformation to bellacoola ) from Heiltsuk (northern Wakashan language of British Columbia) pə́lbálá, originally the name of a village next to Fort McLoughlin, a trading post on Campbell Island

Note: The Heiltsuk name is alleged to be a borrowing from English Milbanke (Sound), an earlier name for Fort McLoughlin.

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“Bellabella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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