Only in phrases:
by, on, upon, a, with, of, (the) nightertale, by night, during the night.
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probably of Scandinavian origin, and perhaps an alteration of the synonymous Old Norse *nahtar-, later náttarþel (from náttar gen. of nátt night + þel groundwork, stuff, substance, heart, bottom), by substitution of the more familiar tale reckoning, count, for the original second element of the compound
From: The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer,
Edited by John Bell, Vol. II, 1782
The Canterbury Tales, The Prologue