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How is 'neck' and 'head' in japanese?

I saw in a website the word くび meaning neck, but when I searched the kanji on the website I saw three kanjis for neck: 首, 頸 and 頚. However, they also mean head. So, I got a little confused...

How can I really say 'neck' and 'head' in japanese? And what are their kanjis?
Can anybody help me? :)

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    Both首and頸are used for くび, which usually means "neck", but in Japanese 首 also means everything from the neck above. So yes, a secondary meaning of 首 is "head." For example, 首を垂れる means to hang your head down, not just your neck :). It old Japanese, 首 also means "face."

    The third kanji you noted is a simplified version of 頸, sometimes used when writing by hand but almost never in official print.

    The Japanese word that specifically refers to the head and not the neck is 頭 /あたま。


    くび does mean neck. The kanji is usually 首.
    Head is pronounced as あたま and the kanji is 頭.

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