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 for Who
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Who \Who\, pron. [Possess. whose; object. Whom.] [OE. who,
     wha, AS. hw[=a], interrogative pron., neut. hw[ae]t; akin to
     OFries. hwa, neut. hwet, OS. hw[=e], neut. hwat, D. wie,
     neut. wat, G. wer, neut. was, OHG. wer, hwer, neut. waz,
     hwaz, Icel. hvat, neut., Dan. hvo, neut. hvad, Sw. ho, hvem,
     neut. hvad, Goth. hwas, fem. hw[=o], neut. hwa, Lith. kas,
     Ir. & Gael. co, W. pwy, L. quod, neuter of qui, Gr. po`teros
     whether, Skr. kas. [root]182. Cf. How, Quantity,
     Quorum, Quote, Ubiquity, What, When, Where,
     Whether, Which, Whither, Whom, Why.]
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     1. Originally, an interrogative pronoun, later, a relative
        pronoun also; -- used always substantively, and either as
        singular or plural. See the Note under What, pron., 1.
        As interrogative pronouns, who and whom ask the question:
        What or which person or persons? Who and whom, as relative
        pronouns (in the sense of that), are properly used of
        persons (corresponding to which, as applied to things),
        but are sometimes, less properly and now rarely, used of
        animals, plants, etc. Who and whom, as compound relatives,
        are also used especially of persons, meaning the person
        that; the persons that; the one that; whosoever. "Let who
        will be President." --Macaulay.
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              [He] should not tell whose children they were.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              There thou tell'st of kings, and who aspire;
              Who fall, who rise, who triumph, who do moan.
                                                    --Daniel.
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              Adders who with cloven tongues
              Do hiss into madness.                 --Shak.
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              Whom I could pity thus forlorn.       --Milton.
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              How hard is our fate, who serve in the state.
                                                    --Addison.
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              Who cheapens life, abates the fear of death.
                                                    --Young.
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              The brace of large greyhounds, who were the
              companions of his sports.             --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     2. One; any; one. [Obs., except in the archaic phrase, as who
        should say.]
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              As who should say, it were a very dangerous matter
              if a man in any point should be found wiser than his
              forefathers were.                     --Robynson
                                                    (More's
                                                    Utopia).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  WHO
      n 1: a United Nations agency to coordinate international health
           activities and to help governments improve health services
           [syn: World Health Organization, WHO]

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