regarding or measured because of the rising of this dog-star
- of or regarding the dog days of summer
- concerning or especially straight away preceding or following heliacal increasing of Canicula (your dog Star)
- Pertaining to, or calculated, by the rising associated with Dog Celebrity.
late 14c., in mention of the the "dog days," from Latin canicularis "pertaining to the dog-days," from canicula "little puppy," additionally "your dog Star," diminutive of canis (see canine). Additionally see heliacal; Sirius. In literal use ("pertaining to your dog") historically just as effort at laughter.