This interesting recreation was indulged in during the dog-days of the hottest August that our boys ever experienced.
When his club closed in the dog-days for repairs he went to the club which received him.
We have been for the last three weeks in summer costume, and guard against the heat as we should in England during the dog-days.
It was in the height of summer, just at the beginning of the dog-days.
He would take bronchitis in the dog-days, and have hay-fever at Christmas.
Common assaults and drunkenness also multiply wonderfully in the dog-days.
Carr laid down his book and refilled his pipe while he gazed on this common phenomenon of the dog-days.
Fortunately, we are not in the dog-days at present, or he might try to bite.'
At first they were little called for, except in the dog-days; but some physicians recommended them in certain disorders.
Every day he has an outburst that would raise the countryside if these were the dog-days.
1530s, from Latin dies caniculares, from Greek; so called because they occur around the time of the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star (kyon seirios). Noted as the hottest and most unwholesome time of the year; usually July 3 to Aug. 11, but variously calculated, depending on latitude and on whether the greater Dog-star (Sirius) or the lesser one (Procyon) is reckoned.
The heliacal rising of Sirius has shifted down the calendar with the precession of the equinoxes; in ancient Egypt c.3000 B.C.E. it coincided with the summer solstice, which also was the new year and the beginning of the inundation of the Nile. The "dog" association apparently began here (the star's hieroglyph was a dog), but the reasons for it are obscure.
The hot, muggy days of summer. The Romans associated such weather with the influence of Sirius, the dog star, which is high in the sky during summer days.