PRONUNCIATION: (kuh-NIK-yuh-luhr)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to the dog days.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin canicularis (relating to the dog star, Sirius), from canicula (small dog, Sirius), from canis (dog). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwon- (dog), which is also the source of canine, chenille (from French chenille: caterpillar, literally, little dog), kennel, canary, hound, dachshund, corgi, cynic, cynosure, cynegetic, canaille, and cynophobia. Earliest documented use: 1398.

CANINULAR - like small eyeteeth

CARICULAR - of the schedule of what's to be learned in Spelling class (obviously much needed)

CLANICULAR - like a small totem