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adjective Astronomy.
  1. pertaining to the rising of the Dog Star or to the star itself.
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Origin of canicular

Middle English, late Old English < Late Latin canīculāris of Sirius, equivalent to Latin Canīcul(a) Sirius (cani(s) dog + -cula -cule1) + -āris -ar1
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Historical Examples of canicular

  • It is best made by taking all the Canicular days into your fermentation.

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  • It is best made by taking all the Canicular days into your Page li fermentation.

British Dictionary definitions for canicular


  1. of or relating to the star Sirius or its rising
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Word Origin and History for canicular


late 14c., in reference to the "dog days," from Latin canicularis "pertaining to the dog days," from canicula "little dog," also "the Dog Star," diminutive of canis (see canine). Also see heliacal; Sirius. In literal use ("pertaining to a dog") historically only as attempt at humor.

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