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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 hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere.
Here is the word used in a sentence.
During the canicular heat of August, many of the town’s residents venture to the local swimming hole in search of a way to stay cool.
The Latin word “canicula” meaning small dogs is the diminutive form of “canis”, the source of the English word for “canine”. “Canicula” is also the Latin name for Sirius, the star that represents the hound of Orion in the constellation named for 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 call this time of year the “hemerie keneydis”, which the Romans translated into Latin as “dias canicularis”, or as we know them in English “the dog days”.
With your Word of the Day this Thursday August 18th, I'm Peter Sokolowski.

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