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A melodramatic television series with a limited number of episodes that is performed in Spanish or Portuguese, typically shown during prime time on multiple days of the week over the course of several months.
[Spanish : tele(visión), television (from tele-, tele- + visión, vision, from Latin vīsiō, vīsiōn-; see vision) + novela, novel (from Italian novella, news, story; see novel).]
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