Theory:

Glossary of difficult words from the lesson "Who Owns the Water?":
  
No.
Words
Meanings
1
outskirtsthe outer parts of a village, town or city
2
parchedextremely dry due to excessive heat
3
desperationa state of despair, hopelessness
4
depressionpart of a surface that is slightly lower than the rest, like a hole
5
untenantednot occupied
6
rumpthe back part of the body of a mammal or the part used to sit down
7
hospitable proportionsaccommodating size
8
grunt(of an animal, especially a pig) make a low, short throaty sound
9
snoozehave a short, light sleep, especially during the day
10
scrabbled moved hands and feet around
11
cosycomfortable
12
dugout a shelter dug in the ground
13
rumble make a continuous deep sound
14
lainpast participle of "lie"  
15
sniffedto breathe air in through the nose in a way that makes a sound
16
whinedmake a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound
17
snarled(of an animal such as a dog) make an aggressive growl with bared teeth
18
elusivedifficult to find, catch, or achieve
19
laps(of an animal) take up (liquid) with quick movements of the tongue
20
wallowedroll about or lie in mud or water
21
puddlya small pool of liquid, especially of rainwater on the ground
22
hoovesthe horny part of the foot of an animal
23
tramplingto tread heavily so as to bruise, crush, or injure
24
gleegreat delight
25
tilledprepare and cultivate (land) for crops
26
meagrelacking in quantity or quality, scanty
27
horizonthe line at which the earth's surface and the sky appear to meet
28
verdantgreen with grass or other rich vegetation
29
racedmove or progress swiftly or at full speed
30
pickaxea tool consisting of a long handle set at right angles in the middle of a curved iron or steel bar
31
summonedordered to be present
32
furrowa line or wrinkle on a person's face
33
placid not easily upset or excited
34
stutteredstammered, stumbled with difficulty to talk
35
four-squarestrongly and firmly