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Canicula. What does it mean?

Canicula is the Latin name of Sirius, The Dog Star. The following definition is from online dictionary.

(||Ca*nic”u*la) n. [L.canicula, lit., a little dog, a dim. of canis dog;
cf. F. canicule.] (Astron.)The Dog Star; Sirius.

Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major and is the brightest star in the sky. More
info about Sirius can be found on Wikipedia.