[ chik-uh n-uh n-eg, -uh nd- ]
/ ˈtʃɪk ən ənˈɛg, -ənd- /
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.
What’s The Difference Between A Bunny, A Rabbit, And A Hare?Let’s start with the two that have scientific names. Hares and rabbits are both in the family Leporidae, but they’re separate species. Both animals have long ears, powerful back legs, and a divided upper lip. But, hares are larger than rabbits. And, instead of creating burrows, hares make nests in the grass. The exposed nesting sites of hares hint at another big difference—when they’re born. Hares are precocial, …
Why Does A Cow Become Beef?Have you ever stopped to wonder why we eat pork and beef, but not pig or cow? Menus don’t advertise sheep or deer, but mutton and venison. And, we nonchalantly nosh on veal without the linguistic reminder that we’re actually eating meat from a baby calf. When it comes to designating meat terminology, the English language has a few ways of distinguishing between the live …
- chicken switch,
- chicken tetrazzini,
- chicken turtle,
- chicken wire,
- chicken with its head cut off,
Also chick·en-or-egg [chik-uh n-er-eg] /ˈtʃɪk ən ərˈɛg/.
Origin of chicken-and-egg
First recorded in 1955–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for chicken-and-egg
“It is a chicken-and-egg thing,” says one senior Western diplomat in Doha.