Definition of Bellabella
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 : 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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