chicken and egg


[chik-uhn-uhn-eg, -uhnd-]
of, pertaining 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.
Also, chicken-or-egg [chik-uhn-er-eg] .

1955–60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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