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Definition of dog days:

  1. 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.

Synonyms:

Canicular Days, canicule.