Days of great heat. The Romans called the six or eight hottest
weeks of the summer caniculares dies. According to their theory,
the dog-star or Sirius, rising with the sun, added to its heat, and
the dog-days bore the combined heat of the dog-star and the sun.
(July 3rd to August 11th.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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