noun, often attributive
sun·burst | \ˈsən-ˌbərst \

Definition of sunburst 

1 : a flash of sunlight especially through a break in clouds

2a : a jeweled brooch representing a sun surrounded by rays

b : a design in the form of rays diverging from a central point

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The rings also come in gold, encrusted with gems and symbols like the evil eye or a sunburst. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "David Yurman Is Making Bright, Cheerful Pinkie Rings," 11 July 2018 Miss Dessert, which migrated to Arizona from Houston, is downright adorable, a bright and modern space with a soundtrack of everything pop, done up in vibrant hues with a mango sunburst for a logo. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in May: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 15 May 2018 The chef's kitchen brings a clean traditional ambience, with Thassos white marble countertops and a sunburst-style chandelier. Neal J. Leitereg,, "L.A King Dustin Brown heats up the Manhattan Beach home market," 14 Apr. 2018 Colored-glass windows — arranged as a grid over the entrance, as a ring of tumbling squares on one side of the building, and a sunburst on the other — would bend the light in different ways. M.h. Miller, New York Times, "Ellsworth Kelly’s Temple for Light," 8 Feb. 2018 Khrushchev again smiled, and his smile had the instantaneous effect of a sunburst of reassurance to anyone, American or Russian, listening to our exchange. Marvin Kalb, Time, "The Night Nikita Khrushchev Gave Me My Nickname," 10 Oct. 2017 Some cosmetic contact lenses – such as wild colors, sunbursts, and cat’s eyes – may be sold in corner stores or by vendors that do not specialize in eye care., "Are kids too young to wear contact lenses?," 21 Aug. 2017 And then there is that other symbol of power, the crown, a golden ring made to look like a sunburst adorning the sovereign’s head. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, "The Eclipse as Dark Omen," 10 Aug. 2017 First timers are captivated by the mountain homes' details like thin rods of wood that form a wagon wheel or were arranged like sunbursts that reach gable peaks. Janet Eastman,, "Saving old, handmade cabins, one log at a time: Mount Hood Steiner Cabin Tour (photos)," 6 July 2017

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circa 1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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