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[word-lover] 【整理】2009-08-18 How to Use a Word

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The Word of the Day for August 18th is canicular, spelled C-A-N-I-C-U-L-A-R.
Canicular is an adjective that means of or relating to the "dog days" that is the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northen hemisphere. Here is the word used in a sentence:
During the canicular heat of August, many of the towns residents venture to the local swimming hole in search of a way to stay cool. The Latin word "canicula" meaning "small dog" is the deminutive form of "canis", the source of English word for "canine". Canicula is also the Latin name for Sirius, the star that represents the hound of // in a constellation named of that hunter from Roman and Greek mythology.
Because the first visible rising of Sirius occurs during the summer, the hot sultry days that occur from early July to early September came to be associated with the "dog star". The Greeks called this time of the year "the himerdi canadies", which the Romans translated into Latin as "dies caniculares" or as we know them in English "the dog days".
With your word of the day August 18th, I'm Peter Sokolowski.
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