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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
in Greek mythology, is the name of the night which preceded the chaotic state of the world, and out of which the deities sprang. The ancients had other ideas connected with this word — hunger, want, tears, etc.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Achlys'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/a/achlys.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.