Definition of canicular in US English:



  • 1Of or pertaining to the Dog Star, Sirius.

    • ‘These canicular days get their name from the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major.’
    • ‘In Greece the Egyptian year is called cynically ` dog-like’ and in Latin canicular, because it commences with the rising of the Canicular or Dog star, to which is fixed the first day of the month which the Egyptians call Thoth.’’
    1. 1.1 Of or pertaining to the dog days.
      • ‘The New York State Theater can accommodate multitudes, and the sold-out world premiere of The Days Before was to have begun at 7 p.m. on a canicular New York evening, with doors scheduled to open at 6: 30.’
      • ‘Midsummer, when Sirius rises at dawn, was associated by the ancients with the Dog Star, and this period is still known as the dog days or canicular days.’