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What is the category name to describe “day”, “night”, or “dusk”?

What would be the hypernym for the various divisions of the day such as morning, noon, evening or night?

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Though not a single word, "time of day" is used when referring to a particular part of the day, as in your examples.

"What time of day did the crime occur?".

"Early morning."

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Arbitrary divisions of time are often called periods.

Sometimes the word hour itself is used, as a synecdoche, to represent part of a day. Cf. the morning hour, the midnight hour, the dinner hour, etc.

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