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 (sə-ro͞os′, sîr′o͞os′)
A white lead pigment, sometimes used in cosmetics.
tr.v. ce·rused, ce·rus·ing, ce·rus·es
To treat (wood or a wooden object) with a white pigment to accentuate the grain.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cērussa, perhaps from dialectal Greek *kēroessa, from feminine of *kēroeis, containing wax, waxy, from kēros, wax (ancient cosmetics being made from wax and pigments).]
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The second-floor has two Master Bedroom Suites featuring cerused (limed) oak floors by Listone Giordano, and morning kitchens with a Subzero refrigerator/freezer and an espresso bar.
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The millwork of each residence is exceptional and features custom panel doors and trim, made of solid vertical grain white oak with an ebonized cerused finish, while the front window wall is a built in place millwork masterpiece that elegantly frames the view from every window.
Caption: Theodore Alexander: The Tropic table lamp from Theodore Alexander has a handcarved cerused oak leaf base and a slate pyramid base.
The hotel will also house a real steakhouse, The Prime, with deeply cerused oak, mission-style furniture and floor-to-ceiling customised wine display walls.
I love hardwood floors in deep browns and ebonies, or cerused finishes with interesting borders.