What does ambages mean?
The definition of ambages
Am*ba”ges, n. pl.
Etym: [L. (usually in pl.); pref. ambi-, amb- + agere to drive: cf. F. ambage.]

A circuit; a winding. Hence: Circuitous way or proceeding; quibble; circumlocution; indirect mode of speech. After many ambages, perspicuously define what this melancholy is. Burton.