• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dogstar dog′stär Sirius, a star of the first magnitude, whose rising and setting with the sun gave name to the dogdays.
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In literature:

The constellation of Orion, and the splendid Dogstars, guided his steps toward the pole of Canopaea.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
About a fortnight later my old Lyndsey friend, the Dogstar, topped the horizon fringe of woodland.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare

In poetry:

No more shall flowers the meads adorn;
Nor sweetness deck the rosy thorn;
Nor swelling buds proclaim the spring;
Nor parching heats the dogstar bring;
Nor laughing lilies paint the grove,
When blue-eyed Ann I cease to love.
"Blue-Eyed Ann" by Tobias Smollett
Here's where the cherries grew that birds forgot,
And apples bright as dogstars; now there is not
An apple or a cherry; only grapes,
But wild ones, Isabella grapes they're called,
Small, pointed, black, like boughs of musket-shot.
"Wild Grapes" by Kenneth Slessor