chicken-and-egg

adjective

chick·​en-and-egg ˈchi-kᵊn-ən(d)-ˈeg How to pronounce chicken-and-egg (audio)
-ˈāg
: of, relating to, or being a cause-and-effect dilemma

Word History

Etymology

from the proverbial question "which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chicken-and-egg was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Chicken-and-egg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chicken-and-egg. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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