Which came first?

The origin of this phrase isn’t what I would have thought. Eggs are a beginning for birds, but the phrase comes from a different beginning involving eggs.

ab ovo, phr.

From the (very) beginning.

Cf. Hor. Sat. i. 3. 6 ab ouo usque ad mala ‘from the egg to the apples’, alluding to the Roman custom of beginning a meal with eggs and ending it with apples; and Hor. A.P. 147 Nec gemino bellum Troianum orditur ab ouo, in allusion to the twin egg from which Helen of Troy was born.

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