[ 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.
These Food Names Aren’t What You Think They AreWhen you see mountain oysters on the menu, don’t expect a lovely plate of mollusks caught at the base of Black Mountain in San Francisco Bay.
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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