a burst of sunlight; a sudden shining of the sun through rifted clouds.
a firework, piece of jewelry, ornament, or the like, resembling the sun with rays issuing in all directions.
Sewing. sewn or made to resemble a sunburst; having the rays or lines of design flared from a central point: sunburst pleats; sunburst tucks.

1810–20; sun + burst Unabridged
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sunburst (ˈsʌnˌbɜːst)
1.  a burst of sunshine, as through a break in the clouds
2.  a pattern or design resembling that of the sun
3.  a jewelled brooch with this pattern

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The sunburst pattern on the sides of the enormous numerals resembles plywood when viewed from a distance.
The shape of the phylogenetic tree of these subtypes is referred to as a sunburst to distinguish it from a simple star phylogeny.
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