canicule

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French canicule (the Dog Star; dog days), from Latin Canīcula (the Puppy)[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

canicule (plural canicules)

  1. (archaic) Synonym of dog days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "canicule, n.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin Canicula and canicula. Doublet of chenille.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

canicule f (plural canicules)

  1. (astronomy) Sirius, Dog Star
  2. The dog days of summer
  3. (figuratively) Any heat wave or hot spell

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