[chik-uh n-uh n-eg, -uh nd-]
- of, relating to, or being a dilemma of which of two things came first or of which is the cause and which the effect: a chicken-and-egg question of whether matter or energy is the basis of the universe.
Also chick·en-or-egg [chik-uh n-er-eg] /ˈtʃɪk ən ərˈɛg/.
Origin of chicken-and-egg
First recorded in 1955–60
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Examples from the Web for chicken-and-egg
“It is a chicken-and-egg thing,” says one senior Western diplomat in Doha.Crossing the Rubicon in Syria
November 11, 2012