adjective Astronomy.

pertaining to the rising of the Dog Star or to the star itself.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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