chicken-and-egg

[ chik-uhn-uhn-eg, -uhnd- ]
/ ˈtʃɪk ən ənˈɛg, -ənd- /

adjective

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.

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Also chick·en-or-egg [chik-uhn-er-eg]. /ˈtʃɪk ən ərˈɛg/.

Origin of chicken-and-egg

First recorded in 1955–60
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