What does canicular mean?

canicular meaning in General Dictionary

regarding or measured because of the rising of this dog-star

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  • 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.

canicular meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.