Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to Sirius or Procyon.
  • adj. Of or relating to the dog days.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the dog days
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ancient Egyptian cycle of 1460 years, or the year from one rising of Sirius to the next

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or measured, by the rising of the Dog Star.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Canicula, the dog-star, or to the dog-days.
  • Relating to the dog: as, a canicular tale.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the dog days of summer
  • adj. relating to or especially immediately preceding or following the heliacal rising of Canicula (the Dog Star)

Etymologies

Late Latin canīculāris, of Sirius, from Latin Canīcula, Sirius, diminutive of canis, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Summer in the canicular South of France requires an extra-strength solution!

    French Destinations

  • Tiltass, but are you solarly salemly sure, beyond the shatter of the canicular year?

    Finnegans Wake

  • So that henceforth let no man feare to take either easie purgatives, or other inward Physicke, in the time of the canicular, or dog-dayes.

    Spadacrene Anglica The English Spa Fountain

  • That is, under the canicular, or dog-star, and before the dog-star, purgations are painfull and difficill.

    Spadacrene Anglica The English Spa Fountain

  • And now in the torrid heat of summer, the canicular days being at hand, the furnaces in the glass-house of the said Angelo have been extinguished.

    Marietta A Maid of Venice

  • Zorzi, called the Ballarin, although he has removed from the furnace of the said Angelo the glass which was to be kept hot, does insolently and defiantly refuse to put out the fire in the said furnace, and forces the boys to make the fire all night, to the great injury of their health, because the canicular days are approaching.

    Marietta A Maid of Venice

  • The point, however, was that they had changed places; Maggie had from her window, seen her stepmother leave the house -- at so unlikely an hour, three o'clock of a canicular August, for a ramble in garden or grove -- and had thereupon felt her impulse determined with the same sharpness that had made the spring of her companion's three weeks before.

    The Golden Bowl — Complete

  • That the 'Religio Medici' was the work of a gentleman before his thirtieth year, not a recluse nor trained in a cloister, but active in a calling which keeps closest touch with the passions and frailties of humanity, seems to justify his assertion, "I have shaken hands with delight [_sc. _ by way of parting] in my warm blood and canicular days."

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 6

  • ¡Su esencia se Good God! His being alters trueca el muro hasta penetrar, to penetrate the wall cual mancha de agua que seca as when dog days of summer el ardor canicular! dry up a waterfall.

    Don Juan Tenorio

  • It was midsummer, but no words and no experience of other places can convey an idea of the canicular heat of Jerusalem.

    Tancred Or, The New Crusade

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