• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dogdays dog′dāz the period when the dogstar rises and sets with the sun (generally reckoned July 3d to August 11th)—erroneously supposed to be the time when dogs are specially liable to hydrophobia.
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In literature:

I'm getting a bit old for street work, so I leased this dogdays emporium so the good things would come to me.
"The Gentle Grafter" by O. Henry
Her gentleman-usher broke his leg last dogdays merely to have the honour to have her set it.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
That night rain began falling, increasing to such a steady downpour as often marks the capricious weather of dogdays.
"Vermont" by Rowland E. Robinson
My pocket almanac says that I am living in the dogdays.
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 4, November 1, 1851" by Various

In poetry:

I see that from these boys shall men of nothing
Stature by seedy shifting,
Or lame the air with leaping from its hearts;
There from their hearts the dogdayed pulse
Of love and light bursts in their throats.
O see the pulse of summer in the ice.
"I See The Boys Of Summer" by Dylan Thomas