Bellabella

noun Bel·la·bel·la \ˌbe-lə-ˈbe-lə\

Definition of Bellabella

plural

Bellabella

or

Bellabellas

  1. 1a :  a Wakashan people or group of peoples of the coast of British Columbia b :  a member of the Bellabella people or group of peoples

  2. 2 :  the language of the Bellabella people

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Origin and Etymology of bellabella

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


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