• WordNet 3.6
    • n Canicula the brightest star in the sky; in Canis Major
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Canicula (Astron) The Dog Star; Sirius.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n canicula A star of the first magnitude in the constellation Canis Major, the largest and brightest of all the fixed stars. Also called the dog-star and Sirius. See first cut under Canis.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. canicula, lit., a little dog, a diminutive of canis, dog; cf. F. canicule,


In literature:

Pauper paries factus, quem caniculae commingant.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
The remainder of the figures are representations of embryos of Scyllium canicula hardened in chromic acid.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour