From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Canicular \Ca*nic"u*lar\, a. [L. canicularis; cf. F.
   Pertaining to, or measured, by the rising of the Dog Star.
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   Canicular days, the dog days, See Dog days.

   Canicular year, the Egyptian year, computed from one
      heliacal rising of the Dog Star to another.
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