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Covilhã (kŏvēlyəNˈ) [key], town (1991 pop. 22,028), E central Portugal, in Beira Baixa. It had a famous fair in medieval times and is still a trade center as well as a textile milling town. It is one of the few winter sports resorts in Portugal.

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