from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Sirius.
- n. See Procyon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A bluish-white star in the constellation Canis Major; Alpha (α) Canis Majoris. A vertex of the Winter Triangle and the brightest star in the night sky. It is actually a binary star with a white dwarf companion star.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See in the Vocabulary.
- Sirius, a star of the constellation Canis Major, or the Greater Dog, and the brightest star in the heavens; -- called also Canicula, and, in astronomical charts, α Canis Majoris. See dog days.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sirius or Canicula, a star of the first magnitude in the constellation Canis Major, the heliacal rising of which (see heliacal) occurring in the hottest part of the year gave name to the dog-days (which see). See also Canicula, and cut under Canis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the brightest star in the sky; in Canis Major
Painless and subtle, the little stroke happened during the first night of the Dog Star month of Sextilis; all Marius noticed when he woke in the morning was that his pillow was wet where apparently he had drooled in his sleep.
And spring turned into summer, and summer into the dog days of Sextilis, when Sirius the Dog Star shimmered sullenly over a heat-paralyzed Rome.