ফণী is a cyclone name in the Indian Ocean. I looked up an online Bengali dictionary and it said that ফণী means 'snake'. I'd like to know if it's true. I searched the word for the pictures on Google and no snake pictures but people pictures appeared.
Hi Chamano, ফণী does mean "snake", but it is a literary/poetic word - actually more of a "kenning" (one who possesses a hood/ফণা). However, it is common as an element in Bengali Hindu names with religious significance, e.g. ফণীন্দ্র (The lord of the snakes = Vasuki), ফণিভূষণ (For whom snakes are ornaments = Shiva), etc. In everyday situations, people with such names tend to be called simply as ফণী| This is why you saw pictures of people when you searched on google.