The athame or athamé is type of blade used for rituals in certain neopagan, satanic and witchcraft traditions, predominantly in modern Wicca.
The term athame has complicated origins, due to mistranslations of French and Italian manuscripts. The term probably originates from the Latin word artavus, which means "quill knife".
As a consequence of the word's complex origin the correct pronunciation of athame is disputed. In the audio pronunciation, two different pronunciations of athame are presented, corresponding to common usage in Wiccan traditions in the US and the UK, respectively. The first pronunciation of athame is AH-thuh-may, where the first syllable is stressed. The second pronunciation is Ah-THAH-may, where the second syllable is stressed. Both pronunciations are generally considered as accepted.