chicken-and-egg

[ chik-uh n-uh n-eg, -uh nd- ]
/ ˈtʃɪk ən ənˈɛg, -ənd- /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. chicken switch,
  2. chicken tetrazzini,
  3. chicken turtle,
  4. chicken wire,
  5. chicken with its head cut off,
  6. chicken-fried,
  7. chicken-fry,
  8. chicken-hearted,
  9. chicken-livered,
  10. chicken-shit

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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