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I stumbled on NHK Easy Japanese upon an explanation of 華{はな}やかな ~ splendid, gorgeous, glorious in Japanese, which is:

勢{いきお}いがさかん、かがやかしいようす。

Is the で in this case the copula or the particle?

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This で is part of the te-form of the na-adjective 盛ん(な). 勢い is a noun that means "momentum", "energy", or by extension, "power", "dominance", etc. 勢いが盛んだ is a simple sentence in the form of "[noun] is [na-adjective]".

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