Bel·​la·​bel·​la | \ ˌbe-lə-ˈbe-lə \
plural Bellabella or Bellabellas

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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History and Etymology for 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

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 28 Sep. 2021.

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