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Definition of dog-days (Meaning of dog-days)
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Dog days Dog" days`, dog-days dog-days
	     A period of from four to six weeks, in the summer, variously
	     placed by almanac makers between the early part of July and
	     the early part of September; canicular days; -- so called in
	     reference to the rising in ancient times of the Dog Star
	     (Sirius) with the sun. Popularly, the sultry, close part of
	     the summer; metaphorically, a period of inactivity.
	
	     Syn: dog days, canicule, canicular days.
	          [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
	
	     Note: The conjunction of the rising of the Dog Star with the
	           rising of the sun was regarded by the ancients as one
	           of the causes of the sultry heat of summer, and of the
	           maladies which then prevailed. But as the conjunction
	           does not occur at the same time in all latitudes, and
	           is not constant in the same region for a long period,
	           there has been much variation in calendars regarding
	           the limits of the dog days. The astronomer Roger Long
	           states that in an ancient calendar in Bede (died 735)
	           the beginning of dog days is placed on the 14th of
	           July; that in a calendar prefixed to the Common Prayer,
	           printed in the time of Queen Elizabeth, they were said
	           to begin on the 6th of July and end on the 5th of
	           September; that, from the Restoration (1660) to the
	           beginning of New Style (1752), British almanacs placed
	           the beginning on the 19th of July and the end on the
	           28th of August; and that after 1752 the beginning was
	           put on the 30th of July, the end on the 7th of
	           September. Some English calendars now put the beginning
	           on July 3d, and the ending on August 11th. A popular
	           American almanac of the present time (1890) places the
	           beginning on the 25th of July, and the end on the 5th
	           of September.
	           [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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