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Dog Star

noun
1.
the bright star Sirius, in Canis Major.
2.
the bright star Procyon, in Canis Minor.
Origin of Dog Star
1570-1580
1570-80
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  • And so is the old notion that dogs are likely to go mad during the dog days "because the Dog Star is in the ascendant."

  • That star you saw beat like a heart must have been a Dog Star.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • That was the Dog Star, Sirius, known to astronomers as the sun of another planetary system like our own.

  • This was the major planet, surely one of the Dog Star's pack; and he had alighted on one of its moons.

  • So they called the star the "Dog Star" and worshipped it, and also lavished a great deal of love on all.

    The Jumble Book David Cory
  • Some change as cataclysmic as his experience of the night before above the Dog Star itself took place in his spiritual being.

  • It is rather a hard name, but he came from the Dog Star, and the language there is somewhat difficult.

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap Laura E. Richards
  • There is a striking description in one of Mr. Rudyard Kipling's stories of a night in an Indian city when the Dog Star rages.

  • For the Dog Star—raging, merciless, sweltering—ruled everywhere within Westminster Palace.

  • Hidden in some depth of the sky, the Dog Star rages, and overhead the mid-day sun marches across his blazing barrack-square.

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
British Dictionary definitions for Dog Star

Dog Star

noun
1.
the Dog Star, another name for Sirius
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