According to my dictionary, 港湾{こうわん} and 港{みなと} both means harbour. What is the difference between the usage of these two words ?

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港湾 is a kango (Sino-Japanese word) and 港 is a wago (native Japanese word). Thus the former is used in formal documents and such, whereas 港 is preferred in casual conversations and lyrics. See similar questions tagged with .

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